Roanoke Workplace Injury Lawyer Helping To Recover Lost Wages
It is becoming increasingly difficult for working class families to keep up in today’s economy. It goes without saying that people are dependent on their paychecks and that any interruption to one’s pay schedule can lead to financial difficulty. Unfortunately, there are times when a person may be injured on the job and they may miss work as a result. Virginia’s worker’s compensation laws help to protect the victims of workplace injuries. If you have suffered an accident, then you may be entitled to wage loss replacement while you are treating for your injuries. Retaining an experienced attorney can help to ensure that your rights remain protected. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke workplace injury lawyer assisting those who need to recover lost wages. Cerid takes pride in the results she has achieved for clients and our office is ready to assist you. We also assist those in Salem and throughout southwest Virginia.
Worker’s compensation lawyer helping Roanoke and Salem residents to gain replacement of their lost wages
Virginia is like most other states in that employers are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. Virginia companies must carry such insurance if they employ two or more people. An employee’s workplace injury will be covered if it occurred at work while the employee was engaging in an employment-specific activity and that activity caused the accident. Also, the injury generally must happen suddenly and must not have been caused by the employee’s own misconduct. Accidents caused by employee’s negligence or “repetitive stress” often are not subject to coverage. If an employee’s injury qualifies for coverage, then they may receive up to two-thirds of their average weekly wages for a period of up to five hundred weeks. A victim may receive longer-term payments if they have been permanently disabled by a workplace injury.
The first step in recovering one’s lost wages is to notify the employer, in writing, of the accident. A notice must be provided within thirty days of the time at which the accident occurred. The employer will file a “First Injury Report” within ten days of the time that they receive notice of the accident. Virginia’s Worker’s Compensation Commission will then send the worker a notice of their rights under the claims process. The worker may then file a claim with the Commission for benefits. The process of filing a worker’s comp claim may seem straightforward but it can become complicated quite quickly. It is best to retain an attorney to assist you.
Many claimants (injured worker) quickly become confused on who is involved in the process and generally refer to anybody they talk to as “workers comp”. To clarify, there is the Workers Compensation Commission which is the like the Court, but a little more interactive than most courts. Then you have the defendant which is the company who will have an insurance company or a defense attorney that tries to talk to you. Most often injured workers do not realize they are talking to someone that does not have their best interest in mind. Whatever an injured worker says to the defense will more than likely be used against the worker, if and when possible. It is best to hire an attorney and tell the opposing side “talk to my lawyer” or, alternatively, refuse to talk to them. You never need to talk to anyone you do not want to talk to.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke worker’s compensation lawyer assisting injured employees in the recovery of lost wages. Cerid will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how you were injured and to help you understand your rights. She will quickly notify the employer, on your behalf, of the injury. She will also assist you in the filing of a claim and any necessary appeals if you suffer the denial of a workplace injury claim. It is, unfortunately, too common that employers try to dissuade a worker from filing a workplace injury report or that such workers find themselves not being treated fairly by the process. Cerid focuses on this area of law so that you may focus on moving your life forward. Contact us today.
We also serve the cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Roanoke attorney staying in regular communication with injured workers who need to recover lost wages
Few things are as stressful as suffering a workplace injury. This is true whether you were injured in a construction accident or through some other type of incident. You do not need the added stress of having a lawyer who does not stay in contact with you. Cerid makes attorney-client communication a priority. She promptly returns phone calls, quickly responds to emails, and makes herself available to answer your questions. We are honored to assist those in Roanoke and throughout southwest Virginia. We take this responsibility seriously.