Find Lawyers in Richmond, Virginia for Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Craig is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond School of Law. He has been practicing law since 1994, and limits his representation to the victims of injuries in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Craig has tried to verdict and settled numerous personal injury and workers’ compensation cases resulting in awards exceeding a million dollars for his clients. According to Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, a settlement Craig obtained for ...
A graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Richmond Law School, Stephen has been practicing law since 1995. He specializes in handling workers’ compensation cases. He is an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the Richmond Bar Association and the American Association of Justice (AAJ). He serves on the board of governors of both VTLA and WILG. He is the past chair of the workers’ compensation section for VTLA and lobb...
Brody Reid is an experienced and zealous trial attorney. Focusing on assisting injured individuals and their families during tough times, Brody has worked tirelessly to help individuals in his hometown in the years since law school. Throughout his career, Brody has successfully represented over a thousand clients in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation through jury trials, bench trials and administrative proceedings. Brody has appeared successfully b...
Andrew Reinhardt graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University College of Law in New York. As a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Bars, he has represented thousands of injured persons since he began practicing law in 1980 including those with workers’ compensation, personal injury and social security disability cases. Andy is a longtime board member of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), a national organization of attorneys who represent ...
Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Definition
Workers’ compensation laws have been in existence since the beginning of the 20th century. In Pennsylvania, for example, the first Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted in 1915 and required an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
The Workers’ Compensation laws differ from state to state. Some programs are state run while others require insurance coverage. Some states provide for a specific program of benefits for lost wages and medical coverage. Other states may limit the amount of benefits available based upon a medically determined degree of impairment.
In any event, despite the fact that workers’ compensation laws are “humanitarian” in nature and the benefits are to be readily available to the injured worker, it is imperative that the injured worker consult with an attorney with special expertise in the area of workers’ compensation law. An attorney can assist the employee in insuring that the benefit rate is properly calculated; that appropriate medical treatment is being provided; and the rights of the injured worker are protected. Counsel also will be invaluable in ensuring that workers’ compensation benefits are coordinated with other available benefit programs. For example, workers’ compensation benefits may be received along with Social Security Disability Insurance benefits; in certain circumstances benefits may be available under the injured worker’s automobile insurance policy; workers’ compensation benefits need to be coordinated with unemployment compensation benefits and various non-workers’ compensation programs that are available through the employer or by law.
Despite the laudatory nature of workers’ compensation programs, employers and insurance carriers avail themselves of the legal means by which to reduce benefits that are otherwise payable. As a result, counsel should be retained as soon as possible during the process to ensure the proper payment of benefits and to avoid litigation. Counsel also can be invaluable in negotiating a compromise of the workers’ compensation claim in the appropriate circumstances. With the assistance of an attorney, the injured worker will be able to obtain all available benefits in an effort to maximize recovery. In this manner, the injured worker and the injured worker’s family will be best protected.
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