Roanoke Attorney Handling Appeals Of Denied Virginia Worker’s Compensation Claims
Virginia’s worker’s compensation system was set up to protect those who have been injured on the job. Unfortunately, there are times in which a claim may be incorrectly denied by the Commission or by the employer. Both denials leave an injury victim without medical care or the compensation needed to make up for lost wages. Erroneous claim denials by the Workers Compensation Deputy Commissioner, fortunately, can be appealed. A denial by an employer just means that one needs to ask for a hearing and it is advisable, generally, to hire an attorney.
The appeal process to the full panel after a denial by a Commissioner can be complicated and if the rules are not properly followed, then you may forever lose your right to be compensated for your injuries. It is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke attorney handling appeals of denied worker’s compensation claims. Cerid has been licensed since 2008 and works to provide the highest levels of representation. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Salem and elsewhere in the southwest portion of the commonwealth.
Lawyer handling worker’s compensation appeals in Roanoke, Salem, and other southwest Virginia areas
The first step in obtaining worker’s compensation benefits is to file a claim with the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission. A deputy commissioner will hear your claim and issue a decision. If the claim is denied, then you have the right to file an appeal. The first step in this process is to request a review by the full commission. A request to rehear the matter must be made to the Commission within thirty days of the initial denial. If the full commission denies the request, then the matter may be appealed to Virginia’s Court of Appeals. Appellate matters are time sensitive and involve complicated issues of law. If your appeal is not timely filed or not properly handled, then the deputy commissioner’s ruling will be affirmed. It is important to retain an attorney experienced in handling such matters.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling worker’s compensation appeals on behalf of Virginia workers. Once retained, Cerid will quickly obtain all records from your initial claim hearing. She will determine what basis you have for an appeal and our office will timely file your request for a rehearing. Cerid will attend the oral argument and explain to the full commission why the deputy commissioner’s initial ruling was incorrect. If the full commission is not receptive to this argument. then we will continue to prosecute the matter through Virginia’s appellate courts. Cerid understands the impact that such a situation can have on your life. We are here to help.
We also serve the southwest Virginia 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 lawyer handling a variety of worker’s compensation appeals
There are a variety of issues which may be the subject of a worker’s compensation appeal. Such issues may involve claims for lost wages, claims for permanent disability, and more. We will be in regular contact with you throughout our handling of your matter. Our lawyer will promptly return your phone calls, quickly respond to your emails, and make sure that your questions are timely answered. We understand the stress that such situations can put on residents of Roanoke and elsewhere. That is why we are here to help.