Workers' Compensation Claims and Settlements in Fairfax, Virginia
If you sustain a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits from your employer. Likewise, dependants of a worker who sustains a fatal injury in a work-related accident may be entitled to death benefits. Workers' compensation benefits include the payment of medical bills and the replacement of lost wages for the time you are unable to work due to your injury. Injuries may include exposure to toxic substances, injuries caused by fellow workers or other contractors hired by your employer.
In many cases, the workers' compensation system works exactly as it is supposed to, and neither the employee nor the employer has any complaints.
There are some situations, however, when it is advisable to consult a workers' compensation lawyer to make sure that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney
The Law Offices of P. Clark Kattenburg, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, is led by attorney P. Clark Kattenburg, who has more than 35 years of legal experience. Mr. Kattenburg has helped countless clients with workers' compensation claims, appeals and settlements. If you have questions about workers' compensation, we encourage you to contact our offices to schedule a consultation.
In Virginia, attorney's fees are awarded by the Workers’ Compensation Commission. not by your individual attorney. The attorney's fees are deducted from your award assuming your case is compensable.
When Do You Need a Workers' Compensation Lawyer?
If you are injured at work and your employer declares that your injury is work-related and compensable, and no conflicts arise — then you probably do not need a workers' compensation attorney.
But if any of the following situations arise, then it becomes advisable to consult an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to make sure you are getting sufficient benefits:
- Your employer’s workers' compensation insurance carrier denies your claim on the basis that your injury is not compensable, i.e., does not arise out of or did not occur in the course of your employment.
- A disagreement arises between your “authorized treating physician” or you and the workers' compensation adjuster regarding the severity or duration of your injury.
- Your injury or medical condition gets worse or your recovery will take longer than originally estimated.
- The carrier declines to pay you permanent partial disability.
- You are considering accepting a lump-sum payment to close out your workers' compensation case.
In any of those situations, it is a good idea to protect yourself by consulting an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Without advice from a lawyer, it can be difficult to know whether your rights to workers' compensation are being completely protected.
Contact Our Offices
We welcome your questions about workers' compensation claims, appeals or settlements. To schedule an appointment, you can call our offices at 703-591-1833 or send us an e-mail.