FAQ

FAQ

What can I expect when I meet with a vocational rehabilitation counselor?

2020-04-01T15:01:27+00:00

At the initial interview, the vocational rehabilitation counselor gathers information about you: your prior work history, prior work skills and education, criminal history, and your general interests. Thereafter, you generally meet at a public place such as a library or restaurant. The counselor will put a resume together for you and give you five (5) [...]

What can I expect when I meet with a vocational rehabilitation counselor?2020-04-01T15:01:27+00:00

What if I get paid less after my injury?

2020-04-01T14:59:51+00:00

If you have work restrictions of some kind that prevent you from doing the job you were doing before you were hurt and you find that you are earning less than you were earning before your injury (as a result of less hours, a reduced hourly rate, or both) you may be entitled to partial [...]

What if I get paid less after my injury?2020-04-01T14:59:51+00:00

Help, I’ve been terminated from my job.

2020-04-01T14:58:22+00:00

Whether you are entitled to any workers’ compensation wage loss benefits depends on why you were terminated. If you were terminated because of something you did that is unrelated to the work injury, i.e., job performance, tardiness, insubordination, then your workers’ compensation wage loss benefits will probably be stopped or you will not be eligible. [...]

Help, I’ve been terminated from my job.2020-04-01T14:58:22+00:00

What is a Medicare Set aside?

2020-04-01T14:56:45+00:00

A Medicare Set Aside, also known as a MSA, is the amount of money it is estimated will be required to protect Medicare’s interest in the future. This amount is determined by a company who specializes in preparing Medicare Set Aside proposals, typically hired by the workers’ compensation carrier. The company will look at the [...]

What is a Medicare Set aside?2020-04-01T14:56:45+00:00

If I suffer from a severe chronic illness that my doctor believes is related to the work I do in Virginia, should I consider workers’ compensation?

2020-04-01T14:51:29+00:00

The likelihood of recovery under Virginia’s workers’ compensation laws for a chronic illness will depend on the type of illness and whether the illness was directly caused by the work you perform. Even if your doctor attributes a chronic illness to your work, it may not be enough to be classified as an occupational disease [...]

If I suffer from a severe chronic illness that my doctor believes is related to the work I do in Virginia, should I consider workers’ compensation?2020-04-01T14:51:29+00:00

If I had/have a pre-existing injury will it be difficult to prove my workers’ compensation claim or get workers’ compensation benefits?

2020-04-01T14:01:59+00:00

If you suffered an aggravation to a pre-existing condition, then the aggravation should be covered by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. However, it mayl be more difficult to get workers compensation benefits as the workers’ compensation carrier will probably try to argue that the problems you are having are related to the pre-existing condition [...]

If I had/have a pre-existing injury will it be difficult to prove my workers’ compensation claim or get workers’ compensation benefits?2020-04-01T14:01:59+00:00

Does an amputation injury require special procedures under Virginia workers’ compensation?

2020-04-01T13:54:27+00:00

An amputation is one of the most serious injuries at work that can affect you. Losing a limb is a life changing event and can cause long lasting disability and pain. If this has happened, you will likely want to file a workers’ compensation claim to get help for medical bills and other expenses. However, [...]

Does an amputation injury require special procedures under Virginia workers’ compensation?2020-04-01T13:54:27+00:00

What are job re-training and vocational rehabilitation benefits?

2020-04-01T13:52:02+00:00

If an injured worker is under an award and is able to work in some capacity, but is not able to return to his or her pre-injury job, then the workers’ compensation insurance company may assign a vocational rehabilitation counselor to assist the injured worker in finding a job. It is usually done after permanent [...]

What are job re-training and vocational rehabilitation benefits?2020-04-01T13:52:02+00:00

What mistakes do I need to avoid or be aware of when handling my workers’ compensation claim?

2020-04-01T09:45:14+00:00

There are many mistakes that you should avoid making. The best way to avoid them all is to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. However, some of the most common include: Signing a general release. This means that you sign a release for the workers’ compensation carrier to get any medical [...]

What mistakes do I need to avoid or be aware of when handling my workers’ compensation claim?2020-04-01T09:45:14+00:00

Should I talk to my physician about my work restrictions?

2020-04-01T09:41:31+00:00

Put briefly, you should always speak to your doctor about work restrictions, if it’s at all possible. You should inquire with your doctor about his or her opinion on your ability to return to work with restrictions, what those restrictions should be, what your functional capacity is for sustained labor, and anything else that might [...]

Should I talk to my physician about my work restrictions?2020-04-01T09:41:31+00:00