Workers’ Compensation

Our office has been recognized among the best in the field of Virginia Workers’ Compensation, and we are ready to put our experience and knowledge to work for you. Whether you’re an injured worker or an insurer, Renfro & Renfro has you covered. While we typically represent employers and insurers in Workers’ Compensation claims, we also represent a select group of injured workers. Whichever side of the case you are on, our goal is to obtain the best results possible for your claim. We have a zero conflicts policy to ensure that we are able to represent you to the full extent the law allows. Our experience on both sides of a claim gives us insight not held by most other attorneys in this field.

Virginia Workers’ Compensation can be confusing and frustrating for injured workers. After you’ve been injured you still have to provide for your family, pay your medical bills, and meet your obligations – but you aren’t able to work. Virginia Workers’ Compensation benefits exist to provide you wage loss benefits, so you can meet your obligations, and cover your medical expenses related to the accident. These benefits exist to put you in the same position you would have been if you had not suffered a work injury. If your case has been denied by the insurance company it is important that you act to protect your Virginia Workers Compensation benefits.

If you don’t want to wait for the benefits promised to you by law, contact the Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Renfro & Renfro. Our Virginia Workers’ Compensation lawyers are experienced in helping injured workers and their families, and we will demand that you get the compensation you deserve.

Job-related injuries by the numbers

According to the Department of Labor, the following numbers of job-related injuries occurred in the workplace in 2016

2.9

million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses

570,420

occupational injuries and illnesses resulted in days away from work

2,723

workers suffered fatal workplace injuries

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do after an accident?

Tell you supervisor about your accident. It is imperative that you tell your supervisor about your accident as soon as you can after your accident. If you fail to tell your employer about the accident within 30 days after the accident occurs your claim can be barred for failing to give notice of the accident to your employer. You should tell your employer how your work accident happened, and what parts of your body you injured. After you receive medical care your should keep your employer up to date on your ability to return to work, even if the doctor tells you you can’t return to work yet.

You should also seek medical care for your injuries. Sometimes the true nature of your injury doesn’t immediately reveal itself. We have seen too many cases where a client suffered with pain for months before going to a doctor, only to find they have a serious work injury requiring surgery. Often, these clients did not report their work injury because they didn’t think it was serious. Every work injury is serious until a doctor tells you it isn’t.

When you report your work accident to your employer, they should provide you with a panel of physicians. This “panel” should be a list of three doctors you can choose from to seek medical care for your work injury. If your employer does not provide you with a panel of physicians, you can go to a doctor of your choosing.

What benefits am I entitled to?

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act entitles you to certain benefits for your Virginia work accident. These benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Lifetime medical care for your work injury
  • Lost wage replacement
  • Reimbursement for mileage and out-of-pocket expenses related to your medical care
  • Money for permanent partial disability.

More information on these benefits is explained below.

Will I get paid for time missed from work?

You are entitled to receive lost wage benefits after your work injury.  If your doctor has taken you totally out of work, the insurance company should pay you lost wage benefits.  These benefits are based on the amount of money you made before you were injured. The insurance company is required to pay you two-thirds of the average amount of money you made per week before your accident happened.  Generally, you are entitled to receive up to 500 weeks of lost wage benefits, unless you are permanently and totally disabled. If you are permanently and totally disabled you are entitled to wage loss benefits for the rest of your life.  Permanent total disability can result from a brain injury, permanent disability to two extremities, and in other circumstances.

If your doctor does not take you totally out of work and puts you on “light duty” you are still entitled to wage loss benefits, however you must look for a job to be entitled to these benefits.  The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has particular guidelines that must be followed to receive wage loss benefits in these circumstances.

Additionally, if your doctor puts you on light duty following your workplace accident, your employer may offer you light duty work.  If your employer does offer you light duty they must comply with all the work restrictions given to you by your doctor. If the work is within your restrictions, you should accept the position offered by your employer.  Depending on how much they pay you following your return to work you may be entitled to wage loss benefits, it is important to speak with a Virginia lawyer who can advise you of your rights to wage loss benefits.

Will my medical bills get paid?

You are entitled to lifetime medical care for all injuries and medical treatment related to your Virginia workers compensation injury.  So even if 50 years after your accident you have medical treatment related to your injury, the insurance company is responsible for it. If your doctor has recommended medical care that the insurance company has denied, you should hire a lawyer to ensure that you get the medical care you are entitled to.

You are entitled to have all your medical care related to your work accident paid for by the workers compensation insurance company.  Following your accident you may need emergency medical care, MRIs, CT scans, surgery, physical therapy, and other expensive medical treatment.  This medical care is the responsibility of the Virginia workers compensation insurance company.

When you receive medical care you have to travel to the doctor and sometimes pay out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions and other medical care.  Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act you are entitled to reimbursement for some of these expenses. We can tell you how to documents and get reimbursement for these out-of-pocket expenses.

If you can’t drive to the doctor, because you don’t have a driver’s license, or are unable to drive because of your work injury, the insurance company should provide you transportation to you medical and therapy appointments.

Should I file a claim?

In Virginia, you have two years to file a workers compensation claim after the date your accident occurred. There is a difference between reporting your work accident to your employer and the insurance company and filing a claim with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. In order to file a claim with the Workers Compensation Commission, you must file a “Claim for Benefits.” Filing a Claim for Benefits advises the Commission of your accident and injuries, and advises them of the benefits you are seeking. If you do not file a claim with the Commission within two years after your accident, your claim may be forever barred – and you will be entitled to nothing. So yes, you should file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.  Contact us today and we’ll file your claim for you!

Even if the insurance company is paying you, it doesn’t mean your claim is protected. Until an “Award Order” is entered by the Commission your rights are not set in stone, it is imperative you file a claim and receive an Award Order.

What should I tell the insurance company?

As part of reporting your accident, you’ve already told your employer how the accident happened.  Your employer should report the work accident to their insurance company. You may have spoken to the insurance adjuster and told them about your accident too.  But after you’ve given your initial statement the insurance company may ask you to give a recorded statement. Don’t do it.

You are not required to give the insurance company a recorded statement to receive benefits.  Often, the insurance adjuster will tell you that have to give them a recorded statement if you want to receive benefits.  This is not true. The insurance company wants you to give a recorded statement so they can ask you pointed questions that will weaken or irreparably damage your potential claim.  Remember, the insurance company’s job is to make as much money as possible, and the way they make money is by denying claims. Do not give a recorded statement, hire an attorney who specializes in Virginia workers compensation.

So when the insurance company asks you for a recorded statement, why not say “Talk to my lawyer” instead.  We can let the insurance company know the information they need to pay your benefits, don’t take the risk of trusting the insurance company, they’re not looking out for you, we are.

Should I sign a release from the insurance company?

No. Virginia workers compensation law does not require you to sign a release for the insurance company.  In fact, your doctor will submit his bills to the insurance company after you tell him who the insured company is.  The release the insurance company sent to you will likely give the insurance company access to all of your medical treatment from the date you were born.  What did having chicken pox at eight years old have to do with your work injury, nothing. The release is not required, and your medical care that is not related to the work injury should be protected.

Do I need a lawyer?

You might not think you need a lawyer to represent you for your injury.  But, not even most lawyers know about Virginia workers compensation law – our office specializes in it.  The answer to this question is yes, we would recommend you hire an attorney to ensure that you get the benefits you’re entitled to.  Why risk not getting all the benefits you’re entitled to. Call us today to discuss your claim.

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