Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Virginia & Maryland Workers’ Comp Attorneys – 571.290.2390
A work-related injury or illness that takes you off your feet can significantly
harm your finances as you try to recover. Workers’ compensation
benefits are meant to bridge the gap and help you stay afloat as long
as you are unable to continue regular work duties. The extent of the benefits
you can collect through
workers’ compensation will vary depending on your state and individual case, however.
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, our Alexandria workers’ compensation
lawyers are fully committed to ensuring our clients get the maximized
workers’ compensation benefits they need and deserve. We are capable
of helping you understand your rights and manage your case, whether you
live in Virginia or Maryland. Is an insurer not taking your case seriously,
or have they denied your claim? We are prepared to represent you in court,
if need be.
Learn more about our services by requesting a
free case evaluation today.
Workers’ Comp Benefits in Virginia
When you are temporarily debilitated due to a work-related injury or illness
Virginia, you should be rewarded two-thirds of your average weekly wages,
as long as your disability lasts more than one week. There is a maximum
cap for average weekly wages that changes based on inflation and cost-of-living
adjustments. In 2017, it was set at $1,043 per week. The amount will also
be adjusted if you are able to eventually return to some form of work.
Temporary disability benefits in Virginia can end if you:
- Return to work and receive the same or higher wages than before.
- Your medical provider says you reach your maximum medical improvement (MMI).
- You have received 500 weeks of benefits and were not considered to be permanently disabled.
If you are considered to be permanently disabled, then you should be entitled
to two-thirds of your average weekly wages for the rest of your life.
Furthermore, you should be given coverage for all medical treatments related
to your work injury, cost of travel to medical appointments, and the cost
of any vocational retraining. Surviving family members of a worker who
fatal workplace accident can also collect coverage for funeral expenses, up to $10,000, and two-thirds
of that worker’s average weekly wages for an amount of time determined
on a case-by-case basis.
Workers’ Comp Benefits in Maryland
The workers’ compensation benefits made available to workers in Maryland
are quite similar to those in Virginia and many other states. Although,
there are plenty of small and technical difficulties throughout the rules
and regulations. For example, the two-thirds average weekly wage cap in
Maryland is $1,052 for temporary total disability cases.
In temporary partial disability cases, you can collect just 50% of the
wage difference between your average earnings from before your injury
and compared to when you return to work, with a maximum cap of $526 per
week. The state also uses a unique schedule of body party injury or loss
to determine the duration of benefits in permanent partial disability
cases. If you lose an arm, for example, you will be granted at least 300
weeks of benefits. When a disability is not listed in Maryland’s
preset list of scheduled losses, the duration of weeks is calculated dependent
on the percentage of disability experienced, as determined by medical
Get the Workers’ Comp Benefits You Need, Wherever You Live
For workers’ compensation claims in Virginia and Maryland, call upon
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, headquartered in Alexandria. We know the ins
and outs of workers’ comp laws in both states, as well as how to
deal with insurance companies who do not want to pay a fair amount in
benefits. Your case is our case, and we will treat it with the urgency
and respect it deserves.
Call 571.290.2390 or send us an
online contact form to learn your options.