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If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly […]
Will COVID-19 Change the Workers’ Compensation System Forever?
Even after the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it will likely take many years to assess the ways it has altered American society and culture. Certainly, the effects on employment and the healthcare industry will be significant, so we should expect laws to change to address those changed circumstances. Accordingly, states might be […]
Can You Be Fired While Out of Work on Temporary Disability?
In the three-week period following the realization that COVID-19 would have a major impact on American life, more than 16 million people filed for unemployment benefits, far exceeding any short-term job loss that this country has ever experienced. On top of this, certain workers are not eligible for unemployment for one reason or another, so […]
For a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Accident, It Can Be All About the Medical History
Recently, I had three cases with the same Deputy Commissioner. All these cases contained a similar problem. The claimant had “not” clearly mentioned his injury in the early medical records. For example, in one case John Doe had said he had lumbar and abdominal pain. This complaint appeared in the “histories” taken by the first […]
Workers’ Compensation Injury — A Simple Fall at Work
I hear this all the time. My accident happened at work or I was injured at work. Why is my company denying the claim? The answer may not be obvious but there is an answer. Being at work is just part of the basis for a worker’s compensation claim. The second part of the claim […]
Workplace Injury Happens Frequently
Is a workplace injury a rare occurrence? Apparently not. A recent study by the National Safety Council reports an American worker is injured every seven seconds which amounts to 12,900 a day and 4.7 million a year. This shows it is more important than ever to make sure your employer covers you with workers’ compensation […]
Virginia Worker’s Compensation Accident — Not Unknown Incident
A worker’s compensation accident is compensable an “unexplained incident” is not. When a prospect calls me for help, I don’t want to find out the worker was injured and does not know what happened. This is especially a problem when the worker is working alone. Often, in this situation the worker is the only witness […]