Workers' Compensation

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Experienced Work Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to wage compensation and lifetime medical benefits.  Our workers’ compensation attorneys routinely appear in cases pending in Manassas, Prince William and Fairfax. Workers’ compensation claims can also include occupational diseases, conditions caused by exposure to hazardous substances, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you have been denied compensation, or are considering settlement of your claim, we invite you to come to our Manassas office for a free consultation with a workers compensation attorney.  We can help you understand your rights.  A work place injury can cause not only physical pain, injury, and suffering, but it can also cause significant financial issues due to time lost from work, medical bills, and expenses.  It is imperative to retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable Virginia workers’ compensation attorney in order to protect your rights.

Notice of Injury

In the event you have been injured in a workplace accident, you must give your employer written notice of the accident within 30 days.  If you fail to do so, your claim may be barred.

Filing a Claim

All workers’s compensation claims in Virginia start with a Claim for Benefits.  The form states the workers claim for compensation, the date of the accident, the nature of the injuries, and other identifying information about the claimant and the employer.  After completing the form, it must be submitted to the Commission to create a claim.  If you are being voluntarily paid by the employer or its insurer, it does not alleviate the requirement that you file a claim for benefits.  If you fail to file a claim for benefits within two years of the date of the accident, your claim may be permanently barred by the statute of limitations.

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Benefits Available Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act

Temporary Total Disability Benefits

Under Virginia law, temporary total disability benefits are available when an injured worker is unable to work due to his workplace injury, and is under active medical care.  In order to receive temporary total disability benefits, the injured employee cannot work in any capacity.

Temporary Partial Disability Benefits

Pursuant to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, temporary partial disability benefits are available where an injured worker is able to do some work, but is medically restricted from working the job he or she was performing at the time of the injury. 

Permanent Total Disability Benefits

Permanent total disability benefits are available where an injured worker has suffered an injury or occupational disease that completely and permanently prohibits him from returning to work in any capacity.

Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

Even if a worker cannot obtain permanent total disability benefits, he or she may still be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits if they have a permanent injury that impacts their ability to fully perform their job, but is able to work in some capacity.

Disfigurement/Mutilation

In the event a work place injury results in permanent disfigurement and/or scaring, a worker may receive compensation for any such disfigurement and/or scaring caused by the work accident.

Lifetime Medical Benefits

In addition to wage replacement and disability benefits, you are entitled to lifetime medical benefits for any injuries you sustained in the accident.

Remedies in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Although an injured worker is generally limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim against the employer, an injured worker may be able to recover from other negligent third parties in certain circumstances.  For example, if an employee is injured at work in a car accident, there may be both a workers’ compensation claim, and a third party personal injury claim against the other driver.

An attorney experienced in handling both personal injury cases, and workers compensation claims, can help determine if a third party may be liable for your injuries.  It is important to consult with an attorney who is experienced in both workers’ compensation cases, and personal injury cases, because workers’ compensation benefits pay for medical bills and some lost wages, but do not cover pain and suffering and other non-monetary damages.  Therefore, it is always important to investigate whether third parties unrelated to your employer may also be held responsible.

Before you retain an attorney, make sure you read our page on Protecting Your Claim.  Immediate action may be necessary on your part to prevent an accidental compromise of your claim.

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Our Process

Step 1

Initial Review and Development of Litigation Plan

The client will meet with the attorney to review the current status of the case, develop a plan of action, determine a budget, and formulate a timetable for resolution. The attorney will discuss the client’s specific goals, review any relevant caselaw or statutes related to the litigation and answer the clients questions about the process.

Step 2

Pleadings, Discovery, and Motions

Being party to a lawsuit requires ongoing effort to organize your case through written documents that are submitted to the court and opposing parties. It also may require court appearances to argue pretrial motions. During this stage, we will prepare any pleadings to be submitted to the court, draft discovery requests, responses and objections, issue subpoenas, conduction depositions, and prepare and argue any pretrial motions. This stage typically occupies 70-80% of the total timeline for your case.

Step 3

Trial Preparation and Settlement Negotiations

This stage includes review of all relevant evidence, preparation of any potential witnesses and the formulation of trial strategy. Our experienced staff will assist in the assembly of trial notebooks that include all documents you intend to present at trial. During this stage, settlement negotiations may take place in an effort to resolve your case without a trial if it is possible.

Step 4

Trial

If your case cannot be resolved through negotiation, a trial will be required. Based upon the plan we develop with you, we will present the evidence and witnesses that we have prepared to present your case in the light most favorable to you. Trials can sometimes have unpredictable outcomes. However, when you hire the Reed Law Firm, you can be confident that the evidence, arguments, and testimony you want to have heard will be presented in a coherent, organized, and compelling way to provide you with the best possible opportunity to win your case.

Workers' Compensation Recoveries

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We offer our legal services to clients working in all industries. This particular client had been working in a warehouse when a forklift ran over his foot, which caused a partial amputation and degloving injury to his foot. Our team protected his rights and helped him receive that compensation that was rightfully due.

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Our client was working as a secretary, when she tripped over a box and struck her head forcefully on the corner of a wall. The client sustained severe head and brain injuries, including a concussion and traumatic brain injury. Obtained $865,044.80 in workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of client.

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Our client was operating a blown insulation machine at work that jammed. The client attempted to clear the jam, when the machine suddenly restarted causing the amputation of several fingers, and severe hand injuries. Obtained $734,065.02 in workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury proceeds on behalf of client.

Client Testimonials