Workers’ Compensation in Virginia

Injuries frequently occur in the workplace. Serious injuries can cause life changing effects that will directly influence your ability to live comfortably or work. They can be frightening and put financial strain on you and your family. Personal injuries that hinder your ability to work consistently make it difficult to pay necessary expenses or medical bills. If you have been injured at work, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation. You may also have an independent claim against a third party for your injuries. Workers compensation can be a necessity to those who are injured at work.

The compensation may be able to cover the following expenses:

Lost wages
Medical bills
Permanent disability
Death benefits
The stress personal injuries places on individuals and families can be alleviated with a proper workers’ compensation claim. Our law firm was established in 1923 and we understand what you are going through. The years of experience we have, over 120 years combined, provides us with knowledgeable insight into the Virginia legal system. We have won our clients millions of dollars throughout our years in practice, and we can help you too.

If you have been injured while on the job, the first thing you should do is to report the incident to your employer immediately. After the incident has been reported, you should file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. You only have two years in which to file this claim following the accident or discovery of the occupational disease, so it is vastly important that you move quickly. The statute of limitations also states that workers only have five years from their last work-related exposure to file a claim regarding an occupational disease. According to the Commission, employees who have sustained an injury by accident or have suffered from an occupational disease are covered by workers’ comp.

To qualify, the accident must meet three separate elements:

Accident occurred at work or during a work-related function;
Accident was caused by a work-related activity; and
Accident happened suddenly at a specific time (not gradually)
On the other hand, occupational diseases must only meet two elements:

Disease was caused by work; and
Disease does not affect back, neck or spine
If the above elements are satisfied, the employee can file a claim for the benefits owed under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits include wage replacement, lifetime medical benefits, permanent partial impairment, permanent and total disability, death benefits, cost of living increase and vocational rehabilitation. If the initial claim is denied by the employer, it does not mean that you are out of luck. Instead, it simply means that it will not be voluntarily paid. In these circumstances, you will be able to submit a written request for a hearing to the Commission; at this hearing, you will be able to provide testimony, evidence and reports to prove that you have an injury or illness which qualifies under the Act.

Filing for workers compensation can be intimidating. The large amounts of paperwork along with proper procedure can be time consuming and confusing. Our goal is to pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you are due, and make this process as easy as possible. The statutes concerning workers’ compensation can be difficult to comprehend, but we are here to help. Our firm, Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan is committed to providing with experienced legal counsel that is committed to the highest quality legal support for those injured on the job, either in filing the initial claim, or in an appeal when you have not received adequate compensation or have been denied. Call our firm today to learn more about how we can help.a

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Losing a family member or loved one is a traumatic and devastating emotional experience. The situation becomes even more difficult to bear when negligence led to the loss of life. Wrongful death can result from medical malpractice, car, motorcycle or truck accidents and construction site accidents. A wrongful death always takes a family by surprise and the burial and unpaid medical costs can be substantial. It is important that you contact a law firm who knows how to properly handle wrongful death claims.

Our firm never rules out an option. We have obtained some of the largest monetary settlements in wrongful death cases in Virginia over the last ten years. We believe that it is important to look at every detail as early as possible in the case, as there is a statute of limitations in filing these claims. This is one of the most important legal decisions of your life. The pain and suffering you or your family has to endure is unacceptable and the appropriate parties should be held accountable for their actions.

Our firm, Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan has over one hundred years of combined legal experience and has won millions of dollars for its clients. Restitution is vital in these cases as they are one of the only ways to make you and your family whole, in financial terms. No one could possibly understand what you are going through but we can take legal action to pursue justice for your loved one and provide financial compensation for the tragic loss. We will guide you every step of the way to make the process as easy as possible.

Our firm is dedicated to each claim we file. We are committed to the families that ask for our help and we will do everything possible to fight for the compensation you deserve. We will fight aggressively for your case and our responsive and compassionate lawyers will keep you informed of the progress of your case through to its resolution.

Areas We Proudly Serve

When you or your loved one has suffered injuries in an accident or through the negligence or breach of duty of another, it is imperative that you have legal representation that will protect your right to fair compensation for damages. At Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan, we know this is a difficult time for you and we will fight for you. We serve the injured throughout areas of Virginia, including:

  • Fauquier County
  • Prince William County
  • Loudoun County
  • Fairfax County
  • Culpeper County
  • Arlington County
  • Stafford County
  • Warrenton
  • Manassas
  • Alexandria

Quite frankly, our clients almost always become our friends, and there is nowhere in the world we wouldn’t go for our friends. We have garnered a reputation as one of the most effective personal injury law firms in Northern Virginia, and can evaluate your situation to determine what can be done to pursue the compensation that you deserve. In addition to Northern Virginia, we have handled cases throughout Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, Southern and Mid-Western regions of the country and as far west as California. If we believe it is in your best interest, we will either associate with, or refer you to, other competent, well respected lawyers. No matter where you are, we can help.

At Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan, our legal team has exceptional qualifications and credentials, and has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients throughout our years in practice. With over 120 years of combined legal experience, we are highly skilled attorneys that stand firm for our clients in negotiations. We don’t accept low offers of settlement in an effort to resolve your case. We will fight for what you need and deserve.

Our firm assists clients in all types of personal injury claims including those that are the result of a car accident, as well as serious injuries from motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, boating accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, pedestrian accidents, train accidents, birth injuries, and burn injuries In cases of catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injury, we will fight for the compensation that is so crucial for the future health and wellbeing of the injured victim. We also file claims related to dangerous drugs, defective products and dog bites. In injuries, illness or loss of life due to medical malpractice such as a failure to diagnose or emergency room errors, the skill and quality of your legal counsel is a crucial factor. We fight for our clients in cases of product liability, premises liability, slip and fall, uninsured motorist, workers’ compensation, and help families who have lost their loved one in representation for wrongful death claims.