Workers’ Compensation in Virginia
The Virginia workers’ compensation system is intended to provide you with the financial compensation you need to pay your bills and support your family after a work injury. But the claims process can be complex and confusing, and you may be wondering where you can turn for help. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we have more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers in Virginia, and our Norfolk, Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you get your claim approved.
Errors or omissions while applying for workers’ compensation benefits can cause your claim to be delayed or denied. Our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers know you need your benefits fast, and we’re here to assist you through every step of your claim. Contact Lowell Stanley and let us build a strong claim for you—just dial (757) 459-CASH or complete our free online form today.
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Injured workers and their families may be eligible for the following types of compensation under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act:
- Wage Replacement
After seven days of disability, injured workers are eligible for two-thirds of their gross weekly wages. These benefits cannot exceed 500 weeks unless a worker is declared totally and permanently disabled. Workers who return to work at lower wages than before their injuries may be eligible for benefits paying two-thirds of the difference between their past and current pay.
- Lifetime Medical Benefits
Medical treatment expenses related to a work injury or illness are paid as long as medically necessary.
- Permanent Partial Impairment
Workers who suffer from a permanent loss of use of a body part, vision loss, hearing loss, or disfigurement may be compensated until they reach maximum medical improvement—or the point where their medical condition is stable and the full extent of their impairment is understood.
- Permanent and Total Disability
Lifetime wage benefits are available for workers who are paralyzed or disabled from severe brain injuries and for workers who lose two hands, arms, feet, legs, eyes, or any combination of those body parts in the same accident.
- Death Benefits
Wage replacement benefits—including funeral expenses not to exceed $10,000 and transportation costs of $1,000—may be paid to dependents of workers killed on the job. Qualifying family members may include:
- Surviving spouses
- Children under age 18
- Children under age 23 enrolled full time in accredited educational institutions
- Parents facing financial hardship
- Cost of Living Increase
Recipients of temporary total disability, permanent total disability, or death benefits may receive yearly cost of living increases if the total compensation they receive, when combined with Social Security benefits, is less than 80 percent of their pre-injury income.
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Injured workers cleared for light-duty work can keep receiving benefits. However, they must prove they are actively seeking employment, and they must also accept all suitable employment offers.
If you were injured at work, we know you may have questions about your rights to benefits. Whether you need help applying for work comp or your claim was denied, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers want to help you get all of the benefits you’re owed under the law.
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At Lowell Stanley, it’s our goal to get you the most benefits as fast as possible. From our office in Norfolk, we’re able to serve people throughout Virginia, including Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, and Williamsburg. Get the aggressive legal help you need today. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us anything for our services unless our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers get your claim approved.
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