Claim for Virginia Worker’s Compensation Benefits – FAQs

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 2:00 pm    

The Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission has a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on various topics. Some of the Commission’s Q and As for claiming benefits are included below with adjustments because the best solution is always to consult with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney such as Joe Miller Esq.

 

Q – What do I do if I have a problem getting benefits?

A – Speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who will review why your claim was denied. In some cases, the dispute can be resolved quickly. If the case cannot be resolved, workers need to file a Claim for Benefits. Filing a claim is the way to protect your right to benefits. It’s a good idea even if the employer and you agree – because the employer can also change its mind. It is extremely important to make sure the Claim is filled out exactly right. Please consult a Virginia Workers Compensation Lawyer and do not attempt to fill this out on your own.

 

 

Q – Is there a time limit on filing a claim?

A – “Yes. The Workers’ Compensation Act provides a fixed, time period in which you may file a claim for benefits. (Tyears from the date of accident) If you do not file a claim within that time, you may be risking your right to future benefits. These time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” are discussed in more detail in our “Guide for Employees.”

 

A worker must file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits within two years of the date of accident. For most occupational diseases, you must file a claim within two years of the date you were told the disease was caused by your work and within five years of the date you were last exposed at work. If after returning to work, you are again disabled, you must file a claim within two years of the date for which you were last paid compensation under an Award.

 

You still must file a claim with the Commission even if the employer/carrier has voluntarily paid you lost wages or medical benefits and no Award Order was entered by the Commission.

 

Q – Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

A – No. Employers cannot retaliate against you for filing a claim or against a witness who supports your claim. If retaliation takes place, you should speak to an attorney.

 

Q – If my employer has accepted my claim, reported my accident to the Commission, and paid me for my lost time and my medical bills; do I still need to file something with the Commission?

A – “The injured employee must notify the Commission in writing as soon as possible every time he or she misses work even if the employer has accepted the claim. The only exception is where the employee has signed an Agreement form and received an award for each period of lost time.” As always, it is best to consult with an experienced Virginia worker’s compensation lawyer to be sure your rights are protected.”

 

Injured at Work? Virginia Injured Worker’s Lawyer Joe Miller Can Help

Joe Miller has helped thousands of Virginia injured employees get the work and medical benefits they deserve. He can answer all your questions about Workers’ Compensations law and procedures. He takes the time to guide clients through each phase of their case. He’s been helping injured workers for over 25 years. Call attorney Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 and ask for Joe Miller, or complete his online contact form.

Forms the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Provides

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm    

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission provides many forms that our law office uses. These are some of the many forms the Commission provides online. Many other forms, motions and other necessary paperwork items are prepared directly by our office.

Call Virginia Injured Worker’s Lawyer Joe Miller if You Were Injured on the Job

Joe Miller has helped thousands of Virginia injured workers for more than 25 years. He is a strong litigator and a skilled attorney. He’ll make sure you review all the issues so that you can get healthy and go back to work if you are able and get full compensation if you cannot go back to work. Please call attorney Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 to discuss your claim. You may have a significant recovery coming your way.

Hearing Office Locations in Virginia

Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 at 2:00 pm    

Here is the contact information for the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Offices throughout the state.

Understand that even though these are the main offices, there are numerous other locations where the Commission typically schedules hearings to make it more convenient for the parties to attend. Many of these are at Courthouses, or even at Community Colleges.

If you have a worker’s compensation claim or questions, please contact my office. I am happy to help explain your rights and answer your questions.

Richmond Central Office
1000 DMV Drive, Richmond, Virginia, 23220
1-877-664-2566

Fairfax Regional Office
Workers’ Compensation Commission
Prosperity Plaza
3020 Hamaker Court, Suite 100
Fairfax, Va. 22031-2220
(703) 207-7152
(703) 207-7195 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation
Commission
Prosperity Plaza
3020 Hamaker Court, Suite 100
Fairfax, Va. 22031-2220

Harrisonburg Regional Office

Workers’ Compensation Commission
41 Court Square, Suite B
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
(540)-433-7701
(540) 433-7500 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
The Market Place
41 Court Square, Suite B
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Lebanon Regional Office

Workers’ Compensation Commission
Center One
1114 East Main Street, Suite 4
Lebanon, VA 24266
(276)-889-7644
(276) 889-7647 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation
Commission
P.O. Box 98
Lebanon, Virginia 24266

Manassas Regional Office

Workers’ Compensation Commission
7900 Sudley Road, Suite 901
Manassas, VA 20109
(703)-257-7994
(703) 257-7246 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
7900 Sudley Road, Suite 901
Manassas, VA 20109

Roanoke Regional Office
Workers’ Compensation Commission
Tanglewood West, Ste. 425
3959 Electric Rd., SW
Roanoke, VA 24018
(540)-776-2700
(540)-776-2705 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation
Commission
P.O. Box 21634
Roanoke, Virginia 24018

Virginia Beach Regional Office
Workers’ Compensation Commission
281 Independence Blvd.
Pembroke One, Suite 600
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757)-552-1117
(757) 552-1114 Fax

Mailing Address:
Virginia Workers’ Compensation
Commission
281 Independence Blvd.
Pembroke One, Suite 600
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

Attorney Joe Miller Handles Workers’ Compensation Cases across the Commission Offices in Virginia

Joe Miller knows injured worker law. He has helped thousands of Virginia employees get compensation for their lost wages and full medical bills. He knows how to settle cases and how to try them at a hearing. Call attorney Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 for a free review of your claim. You can also email Joe Miller at jmiller@joemillerinjurylaw.com.

Virginia Workers Compensation Commission Departments – Part II

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm    

This article is a continuation of the article on the various departments of the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission. For legal advice on your worker’s compensation claim, please contact my office directly.

  • Financial Services. This department handles all the money that comes in and goes out. It’s mainly for running the Commission and for collecting the workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
  • Human Resources. This department is just for the people who work in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. It includes typical human resources tasks such as hiring, employee benefit programs, etc.
  • Information Systems. This department handles the technology for the Commission including application development, database design and support, a helpdesk, network engineering, and software testing
  • Insurance. This department makes sure employers have the necessary workers’ compensation insurance and that the insurance meets the requirements of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Judicial. “The Judicial Division of the Commission is made up of the Commissioners, the Chief Deputy Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioners, the Clerk’s Office, all Regional Offices, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Department, and the Petition & Order (settlement) Department.” This department mediates and adjudicates disputed claims. It conducts hearings, writes legal opinions and adjudicates disputes and appeals. The main goal of this department is to make sure hearing are prompt, fair and impartial – and that all litigants have due process.
  • Other key departments include Outreach Services and Project Management.

Contact Attorney Joe Miller for Strong Legal Representation

Joe Miller has helped thousands of Virginia injured workers for over a quarter century. He’ll make sure you get all benefits you’re entitled to, negotiate with the adjuster and try your case before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Call Virginia lawyer Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 to schedule an appointment and to review your claim.

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…)