February 24th, 2020
If you were injured on the job and need to file a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to keep in mind that the odds may be stacked against you. In an effort to reduce the number of fraudulent claims, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission—like oversight boards in many other states—rigorously reviews all applications. It’s common for first-time applicants to be denied, even when they have plenty of evidence that proves their injuries occurred on the job.
Getting denied for the benefits you need and are owed can be devastating. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers want to help you avoid that—or, if you’ve already been denied, we want to help you appeal the board’s decision. We believe that injured workers should never have to pay out of pocket for accident-related expenses that weren’t their fault, but that’s an unfortunate reality for countless Virginians throughout the state.
When you contact us, whether you’re applying for benefits for the first time or appealing a decision, you’ll get a dedicated, thorough law firm that stops at nothing to maximize our clients’ chances of success. When we build applications or appeals for our clients, we leave no stone unturned throughout the process, and we never let small details slip through the cracks. From ensuring your paperwork is accurate and complete, to ensuring it’s submitted on time and with the evidence necessary to help you get paid, you’ll get the peace of mind you deserve with our team on your side.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to get started.
November 18th, 2019
Due to the devastating effects that on-the-job injuries can have on workers and their families, almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The coverage is designed to compensate employees who get hurt or become ill while on the job and can no longer work for long periods of time, making them unable to earn paychecks.
Despite employers carrying this insurance, they’re often reluctant to pay victims the money they’re owed after injury or illness-causing incidents at work. In addition, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) has strict criteria for approving claims, and many first-time applicants are denied—even when they have valid claims and plenty of evidence.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers know that the process often seems unfair and arbitrary. The VWCC will deny claims for minor reasons, including missing paperwork, late submissions, incomplete forms, and more. Because the process requires so much paperwork and back and forth with the VWCC, it’s easy for first-time applicants to miss a step or overlook something that could cost them their benefits.
When you call our legal team, we’ll work hard to ensure that your claim is built for success. We’ve assisted many other injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims, and we know what it takes to win. Don’t risk your income and your family’s wellbeing by going it alone. Get our experienced law firm on your side, and let us fight for your rights to the money you deserve. Contact us today.
September 16th, 2019
Your job is your livelihood. You take pride in what you do, but will your employer protect you if you get hurt on shift? Unfortunately, many employers will do just about anything to avoid dealing with workers’ compensation claims after their workers get hurt on the job, and that includes denying that their injuries ever happened.
Even if your employer cooperates with you after you suffer an injury, you need to face yet another hurdle: the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. It reviews all workers’ compensation claims, and it has strict criteria for approving them. Countless injured workers see their applications get reduced or denied due to minor oversights or for seemingly no reason at all.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how important workers’ compensation benefits are. Like all states, Virginia requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, as it’s the only income injured and sick workers receive when they suffer health problems from their job that leave them unable to work. But having insurance doesn’t mean much if the affected workers themselves don’t have access to those benefits.
It’s important to get an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer on your side immediately after your workplace injury. The sooner you contact us, the better, as we’ll have access to more evidence and have more time to build your claim and complete your application. Trust our experience and track record of success—we’ve helped many people just like you get the benefits they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
July 1st, 2019
Virginia requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that their employees get hurt on the job and can’t work. The insurance is designed to provide replacement income to injured workers until they’ve recovered enough to be back on the job, but getting approved for benefits is a difficult, complex, and often confusing process.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys know that the system isn’t always fair to the people who need it the most. If you were recently injured at work, you know you need compensation for your lost wages—especially if you’ve also racked up big medical bills. But navigating the workers’ compensation system on your own isn’t easy.
In fact, a significant percentage of first-time claims are denied. That’s because the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has strict standards when it reviews claims. Even small errors, like late submissions or missing information, can be enough for it to deny otherwise valid claims. Having an experienced law firm on your side means you don’t have to worry about losing out on the money you deserve because of minor oversights.
Between trying to get back to work as soon as possible and trying to balance your family’s finances without the paychecks you depend on, you’ve got enough on your plate already. Let us put our experience to work for you, while you focus on what’s important for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation.
April 8th, 2019
If you were hurt at work, you may be facing an uphill battle to get approved for workers’ compensation benefits. That’s because employers are often reluctant to admit that their workers got hurt on the job, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is also notoriously tough on claims.
The most crucial times for your claim are the moments and days immediately after your on-the-job injury. What you do during that window can have a significant impact on your ability to get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Avoiding the following mistakes can improve your chances of getting benefits:
- Waiting too long to report your injury—Telling your manager or supervisor about your injury as soon as it happens helps establish when and where your injury occurred. The sooner you tell someone what happened, the easier it will be to prove that your injury happened as you describe it.
- Exaggerating or downplaying your injury—Be truthful about what happened and the severity of your injuries. If you make your injuries sound worse or less severe than they actually are, you can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation.
- Waiting too long to call a lawyer—Convincing both your employer and the workers’ compensation commission that you got hurt at work isn’t easy. The longer you wait to get a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to collect and present evidence that strengthens your claim.
Call the Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation and to get the legal representation you deserve.
February 4th, 2019
Almost all Virginia employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that their employees get sick or hurt on the job and temporarily can’t work. Because missing even a single paycheck can be devastating for many families, that insurance is designed to provide a safety net for workers whose health prevents them from earning the wages that their loved ones depend on.
But in an effort to make sure only people who truly need the benefits are allowed to get them, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has developed strict criteria for approving claims. Its strict guidelines and review process mean that many valid claims get denied for minor mistakes and oversights, leaving injured employees with no recourse for recovering their lost wages.
The Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how important claims are to injured workers and how vital it is for them to get approved the first time around. Our years of experience building and submitting workers’ compensation claims for injured employees throughout the state means that we know exactly what the commission looks for when it reviews claims.
Don’t take any chances when it comes to getting the money you and loved ones need during this difficult time. Get our experienced legal team on your side today. Call us for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.
November 19th, 2018
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is the state regulatory body in charge of approving and administering benefits to people who get hurt or sick on the job and can’t go back to work. Employees whose health prevents them from working often need these benefits to pay for their living expenses, yet the approval process can be difficult.
In addition to the commission’s strict standards for approving claims, many workers dealing with injuries or illnesses also find that their employers are either unhelpful or even actively working against them in their pursuit of benefits. That’s because almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and every claim they receive can cause their fees to increase.
An experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer on your side can make the workers’ compensation claims process easier for you. With the attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers working on your behalf, you won’t have to worry about paperwork errors or oversights jeopardizing your approval. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery while we take care of the claim. In addition, we also know the criteria the commission uses to approve or reject claims, and that means you’ll stay one step ahead.
Don’t leave the benefits you deserve unclaimed, and don’t accept a low chance of approval after you were injured or developed an illness on the job. Call us today for a free consultation.
September 4th, 2018
Your paycheck is your livelihood, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having it taken away from you because of an injury you suffered at work.
Most employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to help their employees if they become injured or develop illnesses while they’re on the job. But some employers are reluctant to approve workers’ compensation claims, and it can be difficult to get approval from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission when you apply for benefits on your own.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people like you who can’t work for the foreseeable future because of on-the-job incidents. Your employer was supposed to provide adequate protection and safety measures for you, and their workers’ compensation coverage is supposed to give you the money you need to pay for your living expenses.
Don’t take no for an answer from either your employer or the workers’ compensation commission. You have rights, and we can uphold them for you. The longer you wait to get legal representation, the more difficult it may be for your claim to be approved. That’s because evidence can disappear and your claim may be viewed with more suspicion.
Get a lawyer today and get started on the path to the benefits you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.
June 11th, 2018
Workplace injuries can be painful, debilitating, and disabling. And without taking the right steps after suffering one, you may be left unable to return to your job for the foreseeable future, putting your income and even your career at risk.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys have helped many people just like you who were hurt at work, and we know how important it is for victims to take the proper steps to help protect themselves and their families.
One of the biggest concerns that workplace injury victims should have is the passage of time. It’s crucial to seek help right away for the following reasons:
- Waiting too long to report your injury can make your employer suspicious—The more time that passes between your injury occurring and the injury being reported, the more likely it is that your employer and its insurance company may be suspicious of your claim. Report any workplace injuries immediately to begin the workers’ compensation process as soon as possible.
- Evidence is harder to come by if you wait too long after an accident—Getting approved for workers’ compensation benefits often requires evidence that injuries happened on the job. But if you wait too long, evidence may disappear, and your own recollections of what happened may become muddled or inconsistent.
We’re ready to begin building your claim today. Call now for a free consultation to see how we may be able to help with your workers’ compensation case.
March 26th, 2018
For many injured workers, it’s not enough to know that they might be eligible to receive a percentage of their income via Virginia’s workers’ compensation system. They need to know how much they’ll get with every check.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that most families are on tight budgets, and while getting some income is better than none, taking even a small pay cut can have serious consequences for their households.
There are three major types of benefits, and each pays out different amounts for different amounts of time to recipients:
- Temporary disability benefits – Workers who will miss more than seven days of work are eligible to receive these benefits, which are limited to two-thirds your average weekly wage and capped at $1,043 per week in Virginia.
- Permanent total disability benefits – If a doctor confirms that your disability is permanent and will affect your ability to work for life, you will continue to receive your temporary benefits for the rest of your life.
- Permanent partial disability benefits – Some injured workers can receive additional benefits if they suffer permanent disabilities in certain body parts, including eyes, ears, arms, legs, hands, and feet. Affected workers receive two-thirds of their previous wages for a time period calculated by the level of function lost in the affected body part.
If you’re confused or wondering how you can maximize your disability payments, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to navigate the workers’ compensation system and maximize your income, but an experienced Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyer knows how to get it done. Call us today for a free consultation.