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More On The Course Of Employment

February 24, 2017

Recently, we took a look at claims filed on behalf of injured workers in which the employer defended the claims by asserting that they were not compensable because the injuries did not arise out of or in the course of employment. A recent opinion from the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission (VWCC) offers another twist on […]

Negligence In Workers’ Compensation

February 24, 2017

I would like to discuss the concept of negligence and where that concept fits into the Workers’ Compensation scheme in Virginia. First, we must define “negligence.” In Virginia, the courts use a “reasonable person” standard. “Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care. Ordinary care is the care a reasonable person would have used under […]

Proving The Loss Of An Eye

February 24, 2017

The workers’ compensation statutes in Virginia (Virginia Code, Title 65.2) includes a schedule of compensation when a worker loses one of the listed body parts as a result of a compensable injury. The, benefit, like most compensation under the statutes, is expressed in terms of a number of weeks. If the injured worker loses the […]

The Debt Trap – The General Assembly Takes Up The Issue

February 24, 2017

If you have followed my posts on the “Debt Trap,” you will recall that when we last looked at the issue of the courts in Virginia using driver’s license suspension as a means of collecting unpaid court costs, fines, and penalties from defendants, regardless of the defendant’s ability to repay those amounts, the issue had […]

Update On Avoiding The Debt Trap

February 24, 2017

There have been more developments concerning Virginia’s procedure of suspending a defendant’s driving license for failure to pay court-ordered fines and costs, which I discussed in my earlier post, “Avoiding the Debt Trap.” I thought these developments merited another look at this issue. In my original post, I discussed the judicial branch of the Commonwealth, […]

Update On Avoiding The Debt Trap

February 24, 2017

I just wanted to add a brief P.S. to my post which was an Update on the issue of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s practice of revoking a defendant’s driver’s license due to unpaid court costs and fines. This practice often forces those defendants to make a choice between not driving and losing their jobs due […]

Wilson Youth League Basketball

February 24, 2017

HammondTownsend, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Law Firm, is a proud sponsor of Wilson Youth League Basketball.

A Seminal Event In The Development Of Workers’ Compensation

February 23, 2017

Through the years it’s been said that workers’ compensation is the result of a “grand bargain” between employers and employees. A tragic event more than 100 years ago was one of the impulses that led to the pact. An article on the PBS website notes that the shirtwaist blouse was “[a] popular fashion item of […]

Among Nation’s Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys For 2014

February 23, 2017

(WLIG) recently named Steven P. Hammond and George L. Townsend to their annual list of the Nation’s Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys. WILG’s top injured workers’ attorney program is an invitation only professional recognition program comprised of America’s leading lawyers representing injured workers. WILG’s mission is to help the millions of workers with work-related injuries […]

Arising Out Of, Or In The Course Of Employment

February 23, 2017

We will conclude our discussion from my last post regarding the sometimes elusive concepts of injuries “arising out of” and “in the course of” employment by taking a look at a rather unusual situation which the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) addressed in a recent opinion. The claimant in Joshua White v. Virginia Beach Public […]

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