Workers’ compensation is a program that all workers are entitled to, should they fall ill or become injured on the job. Virginia law requires any employer who hires more than three people to carry this insurance coverage to provide for medical bills, and two-thirds pay of employees hurt at work. This no-fault system can run smoothly, but it can also become burdensome when employers dispute the facts surrounding the injury or the insurers balk at paying the full claim value. It helps to have a trusted personal injury and workers’ comp law firm like Rutter Mills on your side.
Typical Workers’ Comp Injuries
Most commonly, workers’ compensation lawyers represent employees who have:
- Overexerted themselves — carrying, holding, lifting, pulling, pushing, or throwing.
- Tripped-and-fallen or slipped-and-fallen – in an accident on the same level.
- Fallen from a height – off a staircase, scaffold, ladder, or elevated platform.
- Been struck — by an object or piece of machinery.
- Injured themselves — kneeling, crawling, bending, twisting, reaching, climbing, or walking.
- Crashed a motor vehicle — while acting within the scope of routine work duties.
- Suffered a crushing injury – in gears or rollers.
- Walked into a fixed object
Since a seemingly minor injury can escalate to a major injury over time, it is always best to work with Hampton workers’ compensation lawyers who can represent your best interests every step of the way.
What Is A Workers’ Compensation Claim Worth?
Each year, the Virginia workers’ compensation value is adjusted for cost of living and inflation. From year to year, the amount typically increases within $5 or so. As of July 2019, you could receive as little as $275.50/week or up to $1,102/week. The amount you receive should be two-thirds of your regular pay, so if you’re accustomed to working 40 hours a week, making $15/hour, you can expect payments of $399.60/week, rather than your usual $600. You can continue receiving benefits up to 500 weeks during your recovery if you are still off from work. This payment is on top of coverage for your medical bills.
Is Your Claim Worth More?
Sometimes a third-party claim can be filed on top of the usual workers’ compensation claim to provide additional benefits for “pain and suffering.” You may have a valid personal injury lawsuit against another worker, another motorist who hit your vehicle, or equipment manufacturers. Rutter Mills can help you identify the scope of liability to determine how you should be compensated. The deadline for seeking additional damages is two years, so it’s important that you contact us as soon as possible to begin exploring your legal options.
Where to Find Workers’ Comp Representation in Hampton, VA
Our team of Hampton workers’ compensation lawyers are available to you, 12 minutes from the city center, from our Newport News office. We offer free consultations and contingency-based advocacy that costs you nothing upfront or out-of-pocket. Contact Rutter Mills for experienced workers’ compensation attorneys from a practice that has been helping employees obtain maximum claim value for more than 50 years.
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