Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Protect Your Rights
Do you have serious injuries from a work accident?
With more than 35 years’ experience in injury and disability law, the Disability Law Center of David L. Horne, PLLC can protect your right to receive the compensation you deserve because of a work injury, personal injury (PI) and from disability benefits programs and plans.
Why Hire an Attorney
Being involved in a work accident can drastically change your life. A work injury can cause debilitating physical injuries with loss of income and expensive medical bills. A serious injury that prevents you from returning to your job (or that limits the number of hours you can work) can be financially devastating.
Workers’ compensation law is very complicated. It gives the injured worker certain rights to compensation but there are many rules and regulations that must be followed. It is important to take steps to protect your legal rights before it is too late.
Financial Compensation for Work Injuries
In most cases the employer has an insurance company who must pay for our client’s damages. In the appropriate case, compensation may be paid for the following:
- Loss of earning
- Medical expenses
- Permanent Impairment
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Loss of income benefits are normally paid weekly or biweekly. In some cases when benefits are likely to be paid over many years, the workers’ compensation insurance company may be willing to settle for a lump sum.
Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Disability
Long Term Disability (LTD)
We understand the financial stress disability from serious injury causes our clients and their families, and consider this in the fees we charge. We will evaluate these types of claims and try to structure a fee that considers our client’s circumstances and the likelihood of success. In many instances we are able to structure a fee where a substantial portion of the legal fee is paid only if benefits are awarded. Please call us for a fee quote.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -
Motor Vehicle Accidents and other Personal Injury (PI)
If injuries will keep you out of work for a long period of time, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance Payments (SSDI). If you were injured at work because of the negligence of someone not associated with your employer, you may have a separate personal injury claim. In a claim for SSDI or personal injury no legal fee is paid unless benefits are awarded.
We Maximize Overlapping Benefits from All Claims
We maximize benefits and compensation from all available sources. If there is a claim for an automobile accident or other personal injury (PI), an on the job work injury and a claim under a disability program or plan, applying the law and regulations is complicated. Disability programs and plans, and claims for personal injury and worker’s compensation frequently overlap.
We can represent you in your claim for personal injury (PI), Social Security Disability (SSDI), and other types of disability and injury claims such as claims for Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Disability, long term disability insurance (LTD), and workers’ compensation.
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act
The Act generally covers anyone injured on a job in Virginia or while working for a Virginia business, a city or state government. (Federal government employees and longshoremen are not covered under the state Act). Any employer who has 3 or more regular employees should have workers’ compensation insurance. If the employer does not, then the injured worker may be able to recover from a special fund call the Uninsured Employers’ Fund. The Act also covers occupational diseases.
The Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”)
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, commonly referred to as the “Longshore Act” or “LHWCA” is a federal statute providing medical benefits and compensation to workers injured on ship terminals, shipyards, docks, piers, and marine ways or who work on or near the water. Workers are covered if they are involved in ship building or ship repair or loading and unloading ships. Benefits under the Longshore Act are often better than those available under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.