Our Latest Workers Compensation Case Video

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm    

Our latest video has been uploaded and is available for your viewing:

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The Defense Independent Medical Examination (IME)

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 2:37 pm    

The insurance carrier will often try to terminate a worker’s benefits by sending the worker to have an independent medical examination. (IME) The doctors who perform these IMEs are often physicians who regularly prepare reports on behalf of insurance companies. They are used to preparing pro-employer reports and even testifying about these reports.

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Virginia Guidelines for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors – The VCR Plan

Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 2:08 pm    

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has specific guidelines for Vocation Rehabilitation Counselors. The guidelines include a Vocational Rehabilitation Plan, Meetings between the employee and the VCR, the role of the employee’s attorney, medical concerns and transportation issues.

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Things a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Cannot Do in Virginia

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 2:05 pm    

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is subject to the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Law. This means the VCR has to follow these Commission Rules for his recommendations to be valid. Some of the things a VCR cannot do are: (more…)

Changes to the Open Award in Virginia Workers’ Compensation Cases

Posted on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 8:53 am    

In Virginia, the entry of the Open Award isn’t 100% foolproof. The employer has an additional 30 days AFTER the entry of the Award to withdraw the Award Agreement. This is also referred to as the Award becoming FINAL. Until those 30 days pass, the Award is not yet final. This means if it is withdrawn during that first 30 days after it is entered, the Award will be vacated and it will be as if the Award was never entered. (more…)

Is the Company Doctor the Only One Who can Treat You in a Virginia Workers’ Comp Case?

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 12:00 pm    

In you’re hurt at work in Virginia, you are NOT prevented from seeing any doctor you want to, and having treatment from the doctor you choose. You must simply realize that you may not be able to get the workers compensation carrier to pay for such treatment. You have the right to get a second opinion from a non-company doctor as long as you pay for it. (Depending on the case, our firm may sometimes arrange and pay for the evaluation and then get reimbursed when there is an eventual settlement of your case). (more…)

Workers’ Compensation Cases an Virginia – Compensable Consequences

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 12:00 pm    

The Notion of ‘Compensable Consequences’ under Virginia Law means “When a new injury occurs as a result or consequence of your work injury, then you can recover for the new injury. You are not even required to file a new claim for benefits for the additional body part, unless and until the claim for the new injury is denied.” (more…)

You Can Still Get Virginia Workers’ Compensation Benefits If You Have a Pre-Existing Injury

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 12:00 pm    

Virginia is actually fairly liberal on this issue. If you can show any aggravation of a pre-existing injury, then you are entitled to your FULL workers’ compensation benefits.

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Ways Your Employer Will try to Change the Open Award

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 pm    

Employers will try to change even an Open Award in a workers’ compensation claim. They will normally do this through an Application to Terminate Benefits (or a Termination of Benefits Agreement) because you are able to return to work. The basis for filing this application will be a report from a doctor that you are able to do your job. (more…)

What to Do if the Employer or Insurance Adjuster Doesn’t File the Signed Award Agreement

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm    

Workers should know that the signing of the Award Agreement doesn’t fully protect the worker. Delay on the side of the employer often means the employer is trying to get a doctor to say the worker can return to work with some restrictions. Here are the steps a skilled Virginia Workers’ Compensation attorney will address when the Award Agreement isn’t quickly filed. (more…)

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