Fredericksburg Workers Compensation Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured at work, you need a Virginia Workers Compensation Attorney to make sure you get the most compensation and benefits available to you under the law.
There are many work comp laws that protect workers from unfair treatment when injured on the job. Some employers and insurance companies will do things to minimize your claim. Often the injured worker does not realize until it is too late that he/she did not get the most compensation and benefits available.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you deserve to know your rights. Do not hesitate to contact us, or visit one of our offices in Richmond, Petersburg, Tappahannock, or Fredericksburg for a consultation with a work accident & injury lawyer.
We can help you navigate issues that could affect your right to compensation such as:
- Selecting a doctor and obtaining medical treatment
- Whether you are required to give a recorded statement to your employer or the insurance company
- Understanding that you must file your claim within two years
- Knowing when you are required to look for and accept “light duty’ work
At the law firm of Emroch & Kilduff, our attorneys specialize in protecting the rights of injured workers during every step of the workers’ compensation process. Do not risk losing any of the benefits you deserve after an injury or illness – call our office as soon as possible for assistance.
Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Anyone working any type of job is at risk of suffering a work-related injury or illness. Even if you think your job is completely safe and risk-free, an unexpected accident can occur and disrupt your life. The following are some industries that typically have a high frequency of workers’ compensation claims:
- Hospitals and healthcare facilities
- Commercial fishing
- Mining and blasting
- Gas and oilfield
- Retail and salespeople
- Office workers
- Teachers and school staff
- Security guards
- Emergency personnel
- Janitors and cleaning staff
- Restaurant and food service
- Groundskeeping and landscaping
The above list could go on and on, as injuries can happen in any occupation. If you work at a desk in an office, you may never imagine that you would have to deal with a workers’ compensation case. However, one day, you may slip and fall on spilled coffee in the office kitchen and may suffer a serious concussion or a broken wrist. In these cases, you would have the right to workers’ comp benefits and would need to file a claim.
An endless number of accidents can lead to harm to workers in Virginia. We regularly help people after the following types of job-related incidents:
- Falls – Whether you slip and fall on level ground or you fall from a high place, you can suffer serious traumatic injuries. Slips, trips, and falls can happen in any work environment. In addition, many jobs require workers to be in high places from which they can fall. Such jobs include construction worker, painters, window cleaners, utility workers, firefighters, and more.
- Equipment mishaps – Many jobs require the use of power tools such as electric saws, grinders, sanders, and nail guns, among others. All of these can cause severe injuries and even disfigurement if an accident occurs, including puncture wounds, lacerations, or amputations. You may also have to use heavy machinery as part of your job, which may include cranes, bulldozers, manufacturing equipment, excavators, or graders. It happens all too often that someone gets struck by a heavy machine or even gets part of their body caught in the machine, which can result in crush injuries and amputations.
- Electrical accidents – Electricians, handymen, contractors, construction workers, and others all regularly come into contact with electrical systems, some of which may be ungrounded, unfinished, or otherwise unsafe. Electric shock can cause severe burns, cardiovascular issues, and brain damage. In some cases, a worker can suffer electrocution and will not survive.
- Getting struck by objects – Getting hit by objects is a surprisingly common workplace accident, especially for construction workers. Objects may fall from high places, landing on workers standing on lower levels. Heavy equipment can swing materials improperly, striking any worker in its path. Getting struck by a moving object can cause concussion and other traumatic injuries.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Many jobs require workers to drive vehicles or to work in the vicinity of traffic, such as in road work zones. We all know that traffic accidents can result in a variety of serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries. In these situations, a third-party driver may also be responsible for covering your losses in addition to workers’ comp benefits.
- Toxic exposure – Many chemicals and substances can cause illness or injuries upon contact, which can be airborne or direct. Hospital workers can contract infectious diseases, scientists may suffer toxic burns, manufacturers may suffer eye or lung damage due to excessive dust or metal particles, and some workers may even suffer deadly mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos.
- Overexertion – Overexertion injuries are a common source of workers’ compensation claims. These can include heat stroke, dehydration, and other exposure to the elements. However, overexertion can also refer to injuries resulting from repetitive motions or straining the body, such as back injuries from heavy lifting, tendinitis from pulling or pushing motions, or even carpal tunnel syndrome from typing on a daily basis.
- Stress-related conditions – While harder to prove for workers’ compensation purposes, stress-related injuries are very real for many employees. If you work in a high-pressure and demanding job or a job that requires constant precision, it can result in anxiety and even cardiovascular issues. While these cases are rarer than other types of workplace accidents, you should not hesitate to discuss the possibility of a claim with an attorney.
The above accidents can result in many types of injuries that require extensive medical treatment and time off work. Some injuries that can create substantial losses include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Back and neck injuries
- Soft tissue tears, sprains, and strains
- Ear and eye injuries
- Internal injuries
You should not be responsible for covering the costs and incurring the losses related to a workplace injury or illness. Instead, you should not delay in seeking help from one of our workers’ compensation legal experts who can seek the compensation you deserve.
Seeking Work Comp Benefits in Virginia
Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured employee doesn’t have to prove anyone was at fault or make a negligence claim. Instead, you should only have to prove that your injury occurred in the course of your job duties to recover benefits for your medical bills, lost wages, and temporary or permanent disabilities. Unfortunately, the process is not always this simple.
To minimize the costs of insurance for most companies, many employers and insurance companies want to deny or minimize your claim. Insurers can try to claim that your injury was not work-related, that you did not require all the time off work you took or medical treatment you received, or even that your claim is fraudulent. In these cases, you need an attorney who understands how to present evidence to prove that your claim is valid. Our legal team understands the tactics of workers’ comp insurance companies and we know how to fight for your rights.
Contact a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Help with Your Claim
At Emroch & Kilduff, we represent workers who are injured on the job to make sure they get the best treatment and the most compensation available to them by law. We handle issues dealing with the right to recover benefits, allegations of work comp fraud, allegations of misconduct and work comp subrogation and appeals. Contact us at (804) 358-1568 to make sure you get the most you deserve.