Norfolk Workers Compensation Lawyers


Norfolk Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Norfolk Injury Lawyers

An injury that takes you out of the workplace for weeks, months, or longer is financially devastating. Thankfully, if you were injured on the job, you can and should get paid for lost wages and hospital bills. The Norfolk workers’ comp lawyers at Rutter Mills can help. Call or text us 24/7 at 757-777-7777 to get a free consultation with a seasoned Norfolk workers’ compensation attorney from Rutter Mills.

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There are over 50,000 workplace injuries in Virginia every year. 


Educational and healthcare workers have the highest number of workplace incidents.


Virginia workers in construction, manufacturing, and transportation see a higher rate of work-related fatalities than the national average.


Norfolk Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

The Norfolk Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rutter Mills can handle your claim and make sure you get every penny you deserve. Workers’ comp applicants often have trouble with their applications and may even have their compensation wrongfully denied. We can help.

After a workplace accident, there are steps that you need to take to make sure you have a strong claim and a sufficient recovery. Our team of workers’ compensation attorneys will assist you with the nuances of a workers’ comp claim, and walk you through the process of a successful claim.

If You Were Injured on the Job, You Should:

Always ensure you are okay first. If there are still dangerous conditions where you are, get to somewhere safe, and get medical attention as soon as you can. Even if your injuries do not seem too bad, if they go untreated, they could worsen over time.

Once you are alright, you should report your accident to your employer as soon as possible. You have 30 days to report your injuries. If you delay letting anyone know, it could be used as evidence that your injuries are not that serious and don’t warrant compensation.

Within two years of your accident, you have to file a Virginia workers’ compensation claim, and if you fail to meet that deadline, you could lose out on any compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) will review your claim and decide the compensation you’re owed, which is where we come in. If you have any questions or trouble filing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an attorney.

If there are problems with your claim or you need to show more evidence, it helps to have documents that prove the extent of your injuries. Your documents will also show how much pay you’re missing out on because of your recovery. You should gather documents like:

  • Medical bills
  • Receipts
  • Pay stubs
  • Records from the hospital or doctor’s office
  • Pictures of your injury and the scene of the accident

Having exhaustive evidence of your condition and what you are owed makes it much easier to iron out any difficulties that may arise. Clear and thorough claims tend to be quicker as well, so you can get your workers’ comp as soon as possible.

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Workers’ Compensation FAQs:

What Is the Average Settlement for Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation settlements vary in value, so it is difficult to know for sure how much you can expect from yours with an average number. The average is around $20,000 in total compensation for an injured worker, but actual compensation can range anywhere between a couple thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Your compensation will be calculated using your average weekly wages over the past year and the cost of your treatment. Workers’ comp is meant to pay you back for your bills and the wages that you lost while you sit out of work to recover. If the insurance company is not paying you your full damages, a Norfolk workers’ compensation attorney can help.

At your free initial consultation, one of our lawyers will assess your case and tell you how much you may be able to get from your settlement. Having an expert workers’ comp attorney from Rutter Mills examine your case is the best way to get a comprehensive estimate for your case.

Can I Be Fired for Claiming Workers’ Compensation?

No, your employer can never fire you for the sole reason of taking workers’ compensation. Virginia Code § 65.2-308 strictly forbids the discharge of any employee for exercising their rights, including the right to workers’ comp. However, if your employer finds another reason to fire you while you are on workers’ comp, they could be able to get away with it.

If you think that you were wrongfully fired for being on workers’ compensation, a Norfolk workers’ comp lawyer can help. With the help of an attorney, you could file a civil suit against your employer and hold them accountable.

Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Norfolk for Free

After a workplace injury, focus on getting back on your feet so that you can get back to your job. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying for your recovery, and you definitely shouldn’t have to worry about haggling with workers’ comp and insurance companies. The Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys at Rutter Mills can help you with your claim. We’ll handle the workers’ comp details while you getting back to health.

Talk to our team for a free case evaluation and find out if you may be entitled to additional compensation. CALL OR TEXT 757-777-7777, or fill out the contact form here.

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You don’t have to worry about the bills, just get healthy.

Dave Put His Trust in Us

Don’t Fall For The Insurance Company’s Games

Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

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Protecting Your Future

Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

When You Need Someone In Your Corner

Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

Getting The Justice You Deserve

When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

There’s attorneys, then there’s Rutter Mills.

We're Here When The Unexpected Happens


A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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At Rutter Mills,
every case is a serious case-because it's your case.

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Personal Injury

We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal Injury Lawyers

Car Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accident Lawyers

Maritime/Jones Act Law

Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

Maritime Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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Truck Accident Lawyers

Workers Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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Ray M

After getting hurt at work I had problems with workers compensation right away. Comp was denying claims for medical treatment and not paying correct amount of wages. I was very worried and stressed till I called Rutter Mills. Attorney Jesse Pound with paralegal Jordan Johnson made all my problems go away. Thank you so much for all your help.

April S

What an amazing job Erik Porcaro and his whole office staff, especially Jacie, did in settling my personal injury case. Personal touches, amazing service and consummate professionalism are just the start of what you can expect when you hire a Rutter Mills attorney like Erik Porcaro. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate everything you guys did in getting my case taken care of in an effective, timely manner. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication and I wish you all continued happiness this holiday season and beyond!

Christin B.

I wish I had called Rutter Mills from the beginning. I tried to deal with the insurance company myself, big mistake. Adam Lotkin and his paralegal Ruth Simmons were amazing. They walked me through the process and got me a settlement almost ten times the offer from the insurance company. Trust Rutter Mills, you won't be disappointed!

VET -David S.

I knew it would be a long hard road to get an award from the VA for my multiple disabilities. However, the process was made so much easier with Rutter Mills. I was kept informed and able to follow the decision making process with my claim at the VA. They were always available if I had any questions and responded promptly. I was able to obtain a 100% rating, and couldn’t be more pleased with how they handled things from start to finish. I would gladly recommend them to any vet facing a situation like mine.

Daniel M

Adam Lotkin, Max Baker, and the team behind them are amazing people. They did a great job with communicating and explaining each step of the process and they do the absolute best in ensuring their clients are taken care of. For my case in specific, we expected to wait 2 year to settle l, but through the team’s hard work and a little luck, it was settled in less than a year. I would not hesitate to come back to them if I ever needed to.


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Posted on June 13, 2024 by Brooke Manning