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Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Charlottesville, Virginia

Injured at work? Your employer needs to make things right. We can hold them accountable. We help our clients put their lives back together. Free Consultation. Call us.

Lynn A. Bradley – Workers’ Compensation Attorney


“I don’t think there are words to adequately convey how deeply I appreciate all that you have done for me over the years. The attention and care that you put into my case was exceptional. I think the really remarkable thing is that you always made me feel as thought I was your only client. I could always count on you to respond quickly to every question, phone call or email. That level of service is extremely rare and I cannot thank you enough. I am humbly and truly grateful for all that you have done for me.”

“I want to express my appreciate and gratitude for your help and guidance through this difficult time in my life. Although I cannot find enough words or ways to thank you, it is reassuring to know that there are good people like you in this world that are willing to help others. I will always remember and be thankful for what you did for me.”

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Attorney Lynn A. Bradley gets results for people like you:

[While the results obtained under one set of circumstances cannot be a predictor of future results, here is a sample of her previous settlements]:
  1.  $1,143,367 for a 46 year-old Louisa County, VA laborer with shoulder and low back injuries.
  2. $900,982 for a 56 year-old Charlottesville, VA nurse with a low back injury.
  3. $592,910 for a 44 year-old Louisa County, VA HVAC tech with an eye and army injury.
  4. $382,673 for a 64 year-old Palmyra, VA construction worker with a low back & leg injury.
  5. $250,000 for a 42 year-old Scottsville, VA construction supervisor with an arm injury.
  6. $217,195 for a 44 year-old Augusta County, VA plumber with a low back injury.
  7. $200,000 for a 38 year-old Culpeper, VA corrections officer with a shoulder & leg injury.
  8. $200,000 for a 42 year-old Stanardsville, VA tree trimmer with a neck & shoulder injury.
  9. $195,811 for a 50 year-old Stanardsville, VAlong haul truck driver with a shoulder injury.
  10. $188,130 for a 46 year-old Charlottesville, VA delivery driver with bilateral shoulder and hip injuries.

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Seven frequently asked questions about VA workers’ compensation cases:

1. What is workers’ compensation?

Workers compensation is an insurance program required by the state. It is meant to compensate employees who are injured at work or become ill because of their job.

Workers comp benefits generally are paid to an injured employee, regardless of who was at fault. However, the injured worker forfeits his or her right to sue the employer for damages.

2. Who pays for workers’ compensation?

Employers, except those with very few employees, are required to buy insurance for their employees from a workers compensation insurance company. Benefits are then paid by the insurance company to an injured employee according to a formula designated by the state.

 3. What type of medical benefits are you entitled to receive?

If you have been injured on the job in a compensable workers’ compensation accident, your employer or their insurer have a duty to provide you with various medical benefits, including necessary medical treatment with authorized physicians, specialists and therapists.

Once you have selected a treating physician, related medical care provided by him or her and any medical providers to whom you are referred will be covered.

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4. How do you maximize medical benefits?

You have been injured in a compensable workers’ compensation accident and the employer or their insurer is paying for your medical treatment. You are relieved that you are able to obtain medical treatment but do not leave other medical benefits unclaimed. 

They are also required to pay for all related medications and reimburse you for travel to and from your medical providers.  It is important to keep all receipts for medications and to keep a mileage log. Currently the rate of reimbursement is $.555 per mile, so this can really add up!

5. Who is covered by the Virginia Workers Compensation Act?

According to the Workers Compensation Commission, as a general rule, employers with three or more employees in Virginia are subject to the Workers Compensation Act.

Almost everyone working for another under a contract of hire or in an apprenticeship is considered an employee, including minors and including aliens regardless as to whether they are lawfully in the US. 

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6. What are the time limits for filing a claim?

According to the VWC, an employee must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years from the date of the accident or any right to benefits may be lost.

Claims for an occupational disease must be filed within two years from the date the doctor tells the employee the disease is work related, or five years from the date the employee was last exposed to the work condition causing the disease, whichever is sooner.  (Certain diseases, such as asbestosis, byssinosis, silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis have different limitation periods.)

If after returning to work, you are again disabled, you must file a claim within two years of the date for which you were last paid compensation under an award.  (This is called a “change in condition.”)  Payment only goes back 90 days from the date of filing with the commission.

Even if the employer has paid lost wages or provided medical care, it is still the employee’s responsibility to file a claim with the commission.  If no claim is filed with the commission or no award entered, the employer may stop paying medical expenses or wage loss at any time.

The employer or carrier may get information from the employee to send to the commission, but this is not the filing of the employee’s claim.

7. What is your fee structure for a workers’ compensation case?

We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid a legal fee until you receive a settlement or award.

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We have three offices conveniently located in Charlottesville, Palmyra (Across from Food Lion), and Harrisonburg  and Lake Monticello, Virginia.

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