On-the-job injuries are extremely common throughout the United States, and Fairfax in Fairfax C ounty, Virginia, is no exception. Some industries, such as construction work, are particularly dangerous. If you are injured on the job, the Virginia workers’ compensation system offers certain advantages not offered by the ordinary personal injury compensation system.
The main advantage of seeking compensation from your employer under workers’ compensation is that you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault to qualify for compensation. The workers’ compensation claim bureaucracy, however, is very different from the ordinary personal injury compensation system, and you are likely to need a trusted Fairfax workers compensation lawyer to help you navigate its Byzantine corridors for optimal results.
“Winning” your claim is one thing. Getting what you deserve is another. The workers’ compensation bureaucracy reacts in much the same way as a private insurance company does when faced with a claim: it will try to deny or minimize it. Even if you win, you may end up with a lot less than you need. This is especially likely if you are permanently injured and unable to return to your previous job duties.
Never fear. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, we’ve been doing this for decades and we know the system inside out. Put more specifically, our proven Fairfax workers compensation attorneys know how to calculate the true value of your claim and how to negotiate with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to make sure that you don’t end up with even a dime less than you are entitled to.
“You have taught me so much about patience and the law. My wife and I both believe you have done an excellent job watching out for our best interests. It’s because of your hard work that we have had about the best year since the start of this whole mess.” – Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP client.
We also handle the following types of cases, among others:
No, unfortunately, it won’t – but that might not be the end of the story. You might be able to make an end run around the workers’ compensation system and file an ordinary personal injury lawsuit if, for example:
If you are offered a lump sum settlement (not all claimants are eligible for one), think twice before you accept it. It might seem like a pot of gold. But if your injury left you with a long-term disability, it might not be nearly enough, even if it seems like a lot. We can help you calculate your future damages accurately enough to know whether or not to accept the offer.
Maybe you do. You might also have a products liability claim against the equipment manufacturer. This could render you eligible for much higher compensation than workers’ compensation would allow if you were seriously injured.
Normally, independent contractors are responsible for purchasing their own workers’ compensation insurance. It may be possible, however, to claim against your client for premises liability (you would have to prove negligence) or to get yourself classified as an employee rather than an independent contractor (a court makes this decision) so that you can claim under your client’s workers’ compensation insurance.
When you become aware that you have an injury claim, it is important to act quickly. Yes, it is true that the statute of limitations in most cases allows you to file a lawsuit within two years of your injury (sometimes longer). Nevertheless, there are many benefits to filing your claim as soon as you have gathered enough evidence to support it.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury in Fairfax County, Virginia, call us at (703) 498-2928 or simply contact us online for a free initial consultation with our highly skilled Fairfax workers compensation attorneys. We serve clients from Mantua, Kent Gardens, Greenbriar, and Mosby Woods, to name a few local neighborhoods where many of our former clients reside. And remember: if you don’t win your case, your total legal fees from us will be zero.