Workers' compensation benefits are designed to help compensate you for your medical expenses and lost wages in the event that you are injured at work. These benefits originally started as a way to streamline the process of being compensated for an injury on the job. Because the process can be complicated, it is wise to have an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side.
At Arrington Schelin & Herrell, P.C., we represent workers' compensation claimants in Virginia.
Virginia's system of workers' compensation is compulsory, which means that most employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees.
Full medical benefits are provided to employees entitled to workers' compensation benefits, with no time or monetary limits, and the employee's choice of a physician is by selection from a list provided by the employer. However, these benefits are limited to those that are reasonable, necessary and related to the employee’s accident or occupational disease.
There are a variety of types of payments provided based on the extent of the disabling injury. Temporary total disability (TTD) payments can be made in an amount determined by a percentage of the employee's wage, subject to a weekly maximum, and payments can continue for 500 weeks.
Permanent total disability (PTD) payments can be made based upon a percentage of the worker's wage, also subject to a weekly maximum amount. PTD payments continue for the duration of the disability. In order to qualify for PTD, you must meet specific requirements set forth in the Virginia Code.
Payments for permanent partial disability (PPD) are made based upon a percentage of the worker's wage and are subject to a weekly maximum amount. These benefits are compensation for the permanent loss of use of certain body parts.
Dependents may receive death benefits based upon a percentage of the employee's wages subject to a cap; however, a minimum benefit is provided regardless of the employee's earning. A funeral and burial allowance is also available.
The workers' compensation claims process is a very difficult process that requires a great deal of paperwork be filled out timely and properly. Our firm has been handling Workers' Compensation claims and appeals for many years, and we understand the details of the process and how to make it work for you.
If you've been injured at work or while engaging in a work-related activity in Southwest Virginia, you may qualify for Virginia Workers' Compensation benefits. Please contact us today for a free claim consultation. We will evaluate your workers’ compensation claim and help you get the benefits you deserve.