Advocating for Injured Workers Throughout Virginia
Richmond Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
An injury at work can happen at any time and without warning. One minute, everything is fine, the next your whole world is turned upside down.
A workplace injury can lead to many problems, including serious injury, mounting medical bills, repeat surgeries, rehabilitation and costly time away from work.
Luckily, you’re not alone.
Our skilled Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys can assist in navigating the complicated process of filing a workers’ compensation claim.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Injured Workers’ Law Firm represent everyday workers — people like you — throughout the state of Virginia who have experienced serious injuries at work and we are prepared to answer each and every one of your questions thoughtfully.
We’re here for you, not the insurance company.
Our firm exclusively handles workers’ compensation cases.
We have garnered an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of this area of law. We have a deep understanding of the impact that a work-related injury has on an injured worker and their family, which continually fuels our drive and passion for helping injured workers in Virginia.
Our goal is to help you, the workers’ compensation claimant, get medical treatment for your injuries and a fair, comprehensive financial award to get you back on your feet.
Our Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys can help you deal with the complex process of securing the benefits you deserve for a workplace injury or occupational disease. Respect, compassion, and care are what you can expect from our lawyers and staff from the first time you contact us until your case is resolved. It is one of our firm’s client commitments.
Advocates for you
Injured Workers’ Law Firm was founded by Michele Lewane in 2006 when we opened our doors on Shrader Road in Richmond, Virginia. Since that time, we have served many injured workers as Virginia’s workers compensation lawyers. We have been their advocates by fighting to get the benefits or settlement they deserve for their workers’ compensation claim.
Michele constantly gives away free information (like her book) to injured workers in the hopes of helping them understand the rules and regulations that govern the Virginia workers’ compensation system that they are now dealing with. If she can help folks get things on track so that they don’t need an attorney, then that’s great! This will help by keeping as much money in their pocket as possible! Obviously, if there comes a point where legal expertise is needed then she is here to help!
“Thanks for believing me and not giving up. It meant the world to me. Thanks for all you’ve done now we just need to get it behind us.”
“To the wonderful staff at Injured Workers Law Firm. Thanks a million for your kindness during my rough times of need and being on time to answer any questions I had concerning my case. You became like family I could call in distress and you were always there.”
“I want to say thank you for everything. You really did a great job. Now I can move forward, no more insurance company hassles. The stress is all gone thanks to your company. Bless U All.”
Contact us before talking to the insurance company.
Keep in mind that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. They want to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. You need someone looking out for your interests.
Call us or fill out our contact us form today to set up your free initial consultation. Your claim must be reported to your employer within thirty days of your injury and filed with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years for you to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Common VA Workers' Compensation Questions
You should immediately notify your supervisor about the accident. Even if you do not think you need medical attention, you should still report your injury.
Next, you should file a workers’ compensation claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. You can get a copy of the form on this website.
After you have reported your injury to your employer, your employer should offer you a list of doctors where you can seek medical treatment. You will need to be treated by one of the doctors on that list in order to have your medical treatment covered. You will then need to take any paperwork from that medical appointment back to your employer.
It is important that you understand the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act and Rules of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission when filing a workers’ compensation claim. The injured worker must prove and provide everything. The employer has no obligation to help you prove to the workers’ compensation insurance carrier that you were hurt at work.
You have thirty (30) days after a work injury to notify your employer of the injury.
If you have sustained a work injury, it is important to inform your supervisor right away. By waiting, you are putting your worker’s compensation claim or potential workers’ compensation claim and injury(ies) at risk – especially if you need extensive medical care.
Many employers say that you must give them twenty-four (24) hours’ notice. Since your employer may automatically deny your claim if you violate their notice policy, it is best to follow your employer’s policy but this is not required to obtain benefits. As long as it is reported to a supervisor within thirty (30) days, you can be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
This is different than the time limitation on how long you have to file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. You have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. This must be done separate and apart from reporting your injury to your Employer.
The work environment can be a little uncomfortable after a work injury. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that having an injury at work and then having a subsequent workers’ compensation claim does not protect your job. You need to communicate your work restrictions to your employer by supplying the employer with a copy of your doctor’s note after every appointment.
If your employer terminates you while the doctor has you out of work, workers’ compensation insurance can still pay your lost wages for the period that your doctor has you on a no work status.
If you are working under restrictions from the doctor, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow those restrictions at all times while also following the policies and work rules laid out by your employer. If the employer is asking you to do things outside of the restrictions your doctor has given you or is asking you to complete tasks that you are not sure if you should do, you need to notify your doctor immediately and get clarification from him or her as to what you should be doing. Remember, your doctor is the only one who can determine your work status and physical abilities and you need to always follow them whether at work or at home.
If you are terminated from your employer while you are under light duty restrictions, the circumstances of your termination can play a large factor as to whether or not you can still receive workers’ compensation lost wage benefits. If your employer terminates you from employment for things unrelated to your limited work abilities (like excessive tardiness, bad behavior, or noncompliance of work place policies) you will likely not be able to collect workers’ compensation lost wages. If the employer terminates your employment because you are unable to do your full work load due to the work restrictions or because they do not offer light duty work, you may still be eligible for lost wage benefits through workers’ compensation insurance. Each person has a “different but similar” situation and you need to talk to us to make sure you are taking the proper steps for your particular set of circumstances.
There are many reasons that your claim may be denied. You may have said, “I am not sure what I did/why I fell/I didn’t feel any pain at the time.” The reason does not necessarily mean that you do not have a case.
Thousands of cases are denied. I, along with numerous other workers’ compensation attorneys, have jobs/careers based upon the fact that adjusters wrongfully deny claims all of the time. Call our office to get a free analysis of your claim to find out if you should continue pursuing workers’ compensation.
Yes. The injured worker is always responsible for filing the Claim Form with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Even if your employer completes their own accident report and sends it to their insurance carrier, they are only required to notify the Commission that you were injured which is not the same as filing a Claim Form. Remember, it is your responsibility to pursue your claim.
The Injured Workers Law Firm is focused on serving clients with workers’ compensation claims throughout Virginia. For answers to your questions about benefits download our book, The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia or call our office today (804) 755-7755.
The Injured Workers Law Firm serves workers throughout Virginia. We also help those who live outside the state but who have suffered a work injury in Virginia.