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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.

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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 suffers a 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 evaluations.

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.

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Why Choose The Barrera Law Firm?

  • We have over 30 years of personal injury and immigration experience.

  • You will be included on every step throughout the entirety of your case.

  • Fluent in English & Spanish to ensure your voice is heard no matter the language.

  • Our client-centered approach has proven to create a strategy optimized for your needs.