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Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

Oct 24, 2022

$2M recovery for injured roofer with catastrophic injuries — $2M settlement

Type of action: Workers’ compensation Injuries alleged: Paraplegia Court: Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Date resolved: 6/22/2022 Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $2,000,000 Attorneys for defendant (and city): Richard H. Talbot and Geoff McDonald, Richmond Description of case: The claimant was paralyzed from the waist down when he fell from a roof he was working on. [&helli[...]

Nov 29, 2021

Claimant injured at work after stack of metal paneling fell — $250,000 settlement

Type of action: Workers’ compensation Injuries alleged: Broken right leg, left knee and back Name of case: Kelei v. Metalsa Automotive Court: Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Tried before: Mediation Name of judge or mediator: William Dudley Date resolved: 10/5/2021 Special damages: Future medical treatment and future lost wage benefits Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $250,00[...]

Aug 16, 2021

Independent contractor loses right hand after being electrocuted on the job — $1.5 million settlement

Type of action: Workers’ compensation Injuries alleged: Electrocution with amputation of right hand and partial left foot and deformity of left hand Name of case: Espinoza v. AFA Painting and Home Improvements LLC Court: Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Case no.: VA02000033901 Tried before: Mediation Name of judge or mediator: Brooke Anne Hunter Date resolved: 6/21/2021 […]

Feb 1, 2021

Quadriplegic settles after years of fighting with comp carrier — $2.4 million settlement

The injured worker is a Canadian citizen who lives in British Columbia. He was a competitive professional ice skater prior to his accident. On April 2, 1990, he was working for Disney On Ice and supplemented his skating salary by driving the Disney trucks between locations and performances. He was injured when his truck was […]

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Apr 20, 2020

Workers’ comp hearings stalled by COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak put workers’ compensations hearings on hold, and Richmond attorney Andrew Reinhardt is concerned on how the commission will catch up. “We’re all working remote. The judges, the attorneys on both sides, our parties are remote… It’s a challenge,” Reinhardt said. “These cases need to move forward.” Last month the Virginia Workers’ Compensation […]

Apr 13, 2020

Man lost leg, gets wages and care in settlement – $1.3 million settlement

The claimant suffered a traumatic amputation of his left leg while operating a “debarking” machine at a logging facility on Feb. 23, 2018. The claimant had been released to full duty physically but was still having post-traumatic stress disorder issues and could not return to the logging company. The insurance carrier had begun vocational rehabilitation. […]

Nov 4, 2019

Undocumented worker suffered crush injuries to legs – $1.6 million settlement

The claimant was an undocumented worker. On Aug. 20, 2018, he suffered crush injuries to both legs from a wood press at work. Counsel argued that this claim would be a permanent total disability claim which would entitle claimant to lifetime indemnity benefits. Since claimant was undocumented, as soon as a doctor released him to […]

Jul 14, 2019

Woman hurt ankle, foot at work – $1,145,801 Settlement

The claimant sustained a right ankle and foot injury arising out of and in the course of her employment. The overcompensation to her right lower extremity caused her to have issues with her left lower extremities. Her medication caused dry mouth which caused her teeth to rot and decay. Prior to the settlement the carrier […]

Apr 22, 2019

Comp claim was based on work-related car wreck – $1,047,455 Settlement

The claimant sustained multiple injuries in a work-related motor vehicle accident. Compensability of the claim was initially accepted; however, it was later withdrawn. Prior to the settlement the carrier paid $1,202,311 in indemnity and medical benefits bringing the total value of his claim to $2,249,766. [19-T-034] Type of action: Workers’ Compensation Injuries alleged: Brain injury, [&hell[...]

Mar 1, 2019

Electrocuted man settles comp claim – $1.9 Million

The claimant received severe injuries as a result of being electrocuted during the course of his employment with Truland Systems Corp. His traumatic brain injury has led to a spasticity in his lower extremities, making it difficult for the claimant to walk. After receiving 500 weeks of indemnity benefits, the claimant filed for permanent total […]

Feb 18, 2019

Without motive, random attack may be compensable

The case of a man who was blinded in a seemingly random attack by a former co-worker has been sent back by the Virginia Court of Appeals to the Workers’ Compensation Commission to determine if the man’s job put him at greater risk of assault, making him eligible to receive compensation for his injuries. On […]

Dec 27, 2018

Claimant fell from roof, hurt spinal cord – $1,221,282 Settlement

Claimant sustained a spinal cord injury when he fell from a roof in 2017. The employer accepted the claim and the Commission entered an award order. The parties began settlement negotiations in 2018. After several weeks a final settlement figure of $1 million plus the funding of a medical allocation was reached. [18-T-074] Type of […]

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