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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Death?

August 12, 2019

If your family member dies due to an accident at work, you’ll have a lot of emotions. Once the initial shock is over, you may be wondering if workers’ compensation in Virginia will pay for your family member’s death.   Workers’ Comp Death Benefits Yes, Virginia workers’ comp will pay death benefits to dependent family […]

Does Worker’s Comp Come Out of My Paycheck?

August 5, 2019

 Workers’ compensation benefits are available for people who are injured or become ill because of their job. Since the money is in response to an issue at work, you might worry that workers’ comp comes out of your paycheck. The benefits don’t come out of your paycheck, but if the injury means you can’t work […]


August 5, 2019

For an injury at work to be compensable, the accident causing the injury must “arise out of” the employment.             Many states follow the “positional risk”doctrine. An accident arises from work so long as the employee is present(i.e., “positioned”) at work when the accident occurs. ‍ Virginia follows the “actual […]

Does Workers’ Comp Count as Income?

July 29, 2019

If you’re injured at work, you’ll file for workers’compensation benefits for your medical bills and missing income. Whether or notyour workers’ comp benefits count as income varies depending on what type of income you’re looking at.   The following information is for general guidance only and should not be taken as tax advice.Speak with your […]

Does Workers’ Comp Cover Illness?

July 22, 2019

When you think of workers compensation, you probably think of accidents or injuries – something falling, equipment breaking, or getting hurt from doing the same action again and again. But what about illness? How does workers comp deal with getting sick? Does workers’ comp cover if you have to miss work because of a cold? […]

Injury at Work Damaged My Internal Medical Equipment

July 15, 2019

 If you use internal medical equipment like a pacemaker/defibrillator or a replacement joint, an injury at work that also damages your medical equipment can make a stressful time even worse. You’re worried about healing your body, but also about getting the expensive equipment fixed.   What is Internal Medical Equipment?   Internal medical equipment is […]


July 8, 2019

NEWS AND VIEWS ON APPELLATE MATTERS The workers’ compensation system resulted from a “Grand Bargain” between employees and employers. One aspect of this bargain is that an employee’s negligence leading to injury should not bar the employee’s workers’ compensation claim. Notwithstanding this fundamental principle, an employee’s mere negligence can thwart a workers’ compensation award. In […]

Overview of Virginia Workers’ Compensation Benefits

July 8, 2019

When you’re injured at work, you want to know what kind of benefits you can expect from your workers’ compensation claim. Virginia has several different kinds of benefits, based on how long you will be out of work,if you are able to work while you are healing, and if you will have a permanent injury. […]

Injury at Work Made My Condition Worse 

July 1, 2019

 Being injured at work is already stressful, but what happens if you have an injury at work that makes a condition you already have worse?Will you be able to get workers’ compensation for the new injury?  Workers’ Comp and Existing Conditions/Injuries   It’s hard enough when you get injured at work to know what you […]

My Workers’ Comp Claim was Denied. Now What?

June 24, 2019

You were hurt at work, and are owed compensation for your medical bills and your injuries. But the insurance compamy denied your claim. Now what do you do? Get an Attorney If you filed the claim yourself, go ahead and get a workers’comp attorney before you start appealing. A lawyer does this work all day […]

Is Workers’ Comp Only for Physical Injuries?

June 17, 2019

It’s common to think of worker’s comp as being for physical injuries such as a broken bone, a sprained joint, a burn, or another type of injury where the medical care is fairly straightforward. But what about a psychological or mental injuries? How does workers’ comp work when there is a mental issue, not a […]

Will I be fired for claiming workers’ comp?

June 10, 2019

If you’re hurt at work, you should be filing a workers’compensation claim so you can get the money you are due. Sometimes, however,people don’t want to file because they think they will be fired. So, will you be fired for claiming workers’ comp?   Short Answer   Firing you for claiming workers’ compensation is illegal […]

PRESS RELEASE Steven P. Hammond Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2019 AIOLC’s 10 Best Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Virginia For Client Satisfaction

June 4, 2019

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Attorney Steven P. Hammond as 2019 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction.   The American Institute Of Legal Counsel is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Attorney in each state. […]

Types of Occupational Diseases and Workers’ Comp

June 3, 2019

You can receive workers’ compensation for diseases and conditions that you have because of your job. The disease or condition must be directly caused by your job.   Nurses, healthcare workers, and EMTs may be exposed to diseases from patients that are not common outside of healthcare settings, or that are directly caused by taking […]

OSHA and Workers’ Compensation Cases

May 28, 2019

You’ve seen OSHA posters in the break room at work, and know OSHA has something to do with safety. But what is OSHA, and what does it have to with workers’ compensation claims?   What is OSHA?   OSHA (pronounced oh-shah) is the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is a part of the […]

What Does a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?

May 20, 2019

You’ve been hurt at work, and your friend tells you to get a workers’ comp lawyer. But you’re not exactly sure: what does a workers’ compensation attorney actually do?   Works For You   A workers’ compensation attorney at HammondTownsend is working for you as the person who has been injured. His job is making […]

What If My Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

May 13, 2019

In Virginia, employers with more than two employees are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Sometimes, however, a company breaks the law and doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance like it is supposed to. What happens if you get injured at work and your job doesn’t have worker’s comp insurance?   My Job Has Workers’ Compensation […]

Steve Hammond Named to the Distinguished Justice Advocates

May 10, 2019

The Distinguished Justice Advocates membership selection process is an in-depth analysis seeking the most well-regarded attorneys available for inclusion. As an elite invitation-only membership, Charter or Basic attorney members of Distinguished Justice Advocates must be eligible by meeting the preferred initial criteria. Distinguished Justice Advocates membership will include many of the top trial lawyers in […]

Do I have to work after a workers’ comp claim?

April 30, 2019

Whether or not you’re required to work after a workers’ comp claim depends on what your injury is and how bad it is, as determined by a doctor. A doctor will say if you have partial or total disability, meaning you can work some or you can’t work at all, and if it is temporary […]

How to Look for Light Duty Work After a Workers’ Comp Claim

April 30, 2019

If you’ve been injured at work, you may not be able to return to your regular job right away. A doctor may tell you that you can only do light duty work, or work that is different from your regular job that you can do while partially disabled. Your doctor will let you know what […]

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