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What to Expect at Your Workers’ Comp Doctor’s Appointment

April 23, 2019

The second step in the workers’ comp process is to tell your doctor you’ve been injured at work. As part of this process,you’ll have a physical exam and tell the doctor what has been injured. Here are some things to keep in mind.   Your employer will give you at least three (3)physicians to choose […]

Don’t Miss Deadlines in Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

April 16, 2019

The process for workers’ compensation claims in Virginia is long and can be confusing. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has multiple deadlines for injured workers and others in the process. Do you know what you need to do and when for your workers’ comp claim?   First Filing   If you don’t tell the Commission […]

Are You Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

April 8, 2019

You’ve heard of workers’ comp claims, but do you know about workers’ comp insurance? Workers’ compensation insurance is insurance that most employers are legally required to have. If you get hurt at work, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will decide whether to approve or deny your claim, and the insurance will pay it if approved. […]

Three Things Not To Do In Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

April 3, 2019

  Being injured at work and then having to deal with your workers’ comp claim can be stressful. Between being in pain, dealing with your job, dealing with doctors, and dealing with insurance, you may feel over your head. Avoid these three common pitfalls to get your case resolved as soon as possible.   1. […]

General Assembly 2019 and Workers’ Compensation Laws

March 28, 2019

The 2019 General Assembly took action on laws relating to workers’ compensation and occupational diseases. When people think of workers’compensation, injuries that happen at work are the most common idea. Workers’compensation, however, also applies to occupational diseases, or diseases that come as part of doing a job.   Cancer in Firefighters   Several types of […]

Your Workers’ Comp Deposition

March 18, 2019

When you have been injured at work, being deposed is often part of the process. A deposition is a formal legal event where you answer questions under oath and your answers are recorded. The answers you give can later be used in your case. Most people haven’t done a deposition before, so some general information […]

Taxes and Workers’ Comp Disability Benefits

March 11, 2019

It’s the first part of a new year, so taxes are on everyone’s minds. If you’ve been injured at work, you may be wondering if you have to pay taxes on your workers’ comp benefits. Let’s break it down.   The following information is not legal or tax advice. Speak with your tax professional about […]

Where to Go, What to Wear, and What (Not) to Bring for Your Evidentiary Hearing

March 4, 2019

When you have your evidentiary hearing, it will most likely be in a nearby courthouse. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission holds evidentiary hearings in the main office in Richmond, as well as in regional offices and in courthouses throughout the state.   Many people have not been to a courthouse before, so going in may […]

Why We Work in Worker’s Comp

February 25, 2019

‍  Jo Hamilton, a paralegal from HammondTownsend, wrote an eloquent description of why she is a paralegal and has been in the workers’ compensation field for decades.You can read what her day is usually like in A Day in the Life of a Workers’Comp Paralegal.   “For the most part, on a typical day, I […]

A Day in the Life of a Workers’ Comp Paralegal

February 18, 2019

Jo Hamilton, a HammondTownsend paralegal, gives a glimpse into what the paralegals do each day. A paralegal assists a lawyer with specific legal tasks. In a typical day, Jo handles a lot of different activities. “Every day requires choreographing the critical tasks with the essential tasks with the normal tasks,” she says. As she describes […]

A Day in the Life of a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

February 11, 2019

Jason A. Mullins, a HammondTownsend attorney, gives a glimpse into what the attorneys do each day. In a typical day, Jason may have meetings or phone calls with clients; conduct depositions; research case law; participate in phone conferences or meetings with doctors to discuss cases; have a case review or a plan-of-action meeting with paralegals; […]

Common Workers’ Comp Injuries in Virginia

February 4, 2019

Any part of your body may be injured at work, and depending on your job you may be injured in a number of ways. You may sprain your ankle, cut your hand, or break a bone if you fall. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) breaks down the parts of the body that were injured. […]

Common Workers’ Comp Jobs in the United States

February 4, 2019

discusses types of injuries, such as falls or cuts, and where on your body they occur, but not what type of work the person who received the injury was doing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), part of the U.S. Department of Labor, released the 2017 numbers in late 2018. The BLS breaks down workplace […]

Be Careful What You Post Online

January 21, 2019

You may remember the adage, more common a decade ago, that everything on the internet lives forever. This saying is still true today, and may impact your worker’s comp claim. The insurance company with your employer is looking for reasons not to approve your claim as requested, so don’t give them any ammunition. Lock down […]

People Involved in a Workers’ Comp Case

January 14, 2019

There are a lot of different people involved in a worker’s compensation case, and if you’re unfamiliar with the process it can be hard to keep track of who everyone is. Here’s a quick guide to make it easier for you. The different roles are listed in alphabetical order, not in the order you’ll come […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution

January 2, 2019

, you may go through an evidentiary hearing, where you and your lawyer and the insurance company have a hearing in front of a Deputy Commissioner, acting as a judge in your case. Sometimes, however, you may go through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) instead. In Alternative Dispute Resolution, a mediator works with you and your […]

Overall Steps for a Worker’s Compensation Case

December 27, 2018

If, like most people, you haven’t been through a worker’s compensation case before, you may not know what to expect. We’ve broken down the general steps for you. Each case is specific and your case may not follow this exact pattern. First Steps First, you’ll tell your employer, tell a doctor, and call HammondTownsend. The […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Working with HammondTownsend

December 11, 2018

Most people who have a worker’s compensation claim have never had one before. We’ve gathered some of the questions people commonly ask us in one place. How do I contact you? For the initial consultation, call HammondTownsend at 888-580-9048. After you’ve retained HammondTownsend and you’re a client, you’ll be given the email and phone number […]

Occupational Diseases and Worker’s Compensation

December 3, 2018

When you hear “worker’s comp,” you probably think about being injured at work. However, in certain cases, diseases can quality as well. Occupational Disease An “occupational disease” is a disease that comes directly from the job that you are doing or have done, and is not something that you could have been exposed to outside […]

Worker’s Comp Benefits: Lifetime Medical Benefits

November 26, 2018

Virginia has several different types of compensation, or money, that you may receive after you have been injured at work and have filed a worker’s compensation claim. The names of several of them sound similar, and it can be difficult to understand what each one means. This part of the series explains Lifetime Medical Benefits. […]

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