Virginia Health Care Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Health care workers are an integral part of our community, as many individuals rely on critical medical care for their very lives each day. Unfortunately, due to their line of work, medical providers (such as nurses, EMTs, CNAs, nurse practitioners, clinicians, and physicians) are exposed to a significantly increased risk of debilitating workplace injuries and illnesses.
The majority of health care workers in Virginia and Tennessee are covered by workers’ compensation laws. However, obtaining full and fair benefits can be exceedingly challenging, as the workers’ compensation claims process is grueling, and healthcare personnel are often denied benefits despite having qualifying work-related injuries. If you have been injured at work, you will benefit by having a health care workers’ compensation lawyer by your side.
If you or a loved one suffered a debilitating injury while working in a medical facility and want to ensure that proper care and compensation are provided, we invite you to call The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt to schedule a free consultation.
As a health care workers’ compensation lawyer, attorney Mark Hurt and our team have the experience and tenacity needed to seek full and fair compensation and all benefits provided under law to which you may be entitled.
If an authorized treating physician determines that you (or a your loved one) suffered a work-related injury, you (or your loved one) could be entitled to receive workers’ compensation for medical expenses, travel expenses for medical treatment, lost wages, and partial or permanent disability. We also encourage you to read through the following frequently asked questions to learn more about the health care workers’ compensation benefits program.
Are Health Care Workers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If a healthcare worker is injured on the job (including at a hospital, clinic, or other setting), the employer (and its insurer) should provide benefits, regardless of whether the employee is partially to blame for the injury. However, workers’ compensation insurance carriers often try to minimize the true cost and impact of an injury so that they can avoid or minimize payments. This is where an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is critical so that the full benefits can be received.
Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation If I Am Partially to Blame for My Injuries?
Tennessee and Virginia healthcare employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured or become ill while performing their job duties. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that an injured individual needn’t establish someone else’s blame to qualify for such benefits. Further, health care personnel may be entitled to compensation regardless of how long they have been employed with a particular health care provider.
Why Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Commonly Denied?
Despite having a qualifying injury or illness, many health care workers are still denied benefits for reasons unrelated to their conditions. Some of the common reasons for workers’ compensation benefit denials include:
- Lack of medical or other documentation;
- Pre-existing conditions;
- Degenerative conditions;
- An insurance company deems a worker fully recovered and capable of returning to work (thus trying to prematurely terminate medical treatment and associated costs);
- An insurance company sends out its own physician, and the doctor determines that an injury or illness does not qualify or is not as severe as claimed;
- Mistakes on an initial injury report; and
- Clerical errors.
Is it Possible to Appeal a Workers’ Compensation Claim that has been Denied?
If you were denied workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a work-related injury, it is critical to understand that you still have options for pursuing full and fair compensation. All claimants are entitled to appeal an unfavorable determination, which often leads to the overturning of a denial.
However, the appeals process can be challenging, and there are strict time limits during which an appeal must be initiated. Thus it is advisable for claimants to seek counsel with a top-rated workers’ compensation appeal attorney who can help navigate through the process. If you have filed for workers’ compensation benefits on your own and have received a denial of benefits, or if you are not getting the full benefits to which you believe that you are entitled, we urge you to call our firm as soon as possible.
For over two decades, firm-founding attorney Mark Hurt has been helping injured clients in seeking to obtain maximum benefits and compensation. Mark understands the selfless dedication of healthcare workers; consequently, he tenaciously fights to secure everything to which our health care clients are rightfully entitled.
What Types of Injuries and Illnesses May Be Covered by Health Care Workers’ Compensation?
If you were injured while at work or performing a work-related activity, you might be eligible to claim workers’ compensation benefits.
The following are a few examples of the workplace injuries and illnesses that may be covered:
- Infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, flu, HIV, etc.)
- Slip and fall injuries
- Data entry injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive sprains, etc.)
- Musculoskeletal disease (e.g., ruptured and herniated discs, tendonitis, etc.)
- Injuries from violence (in the case of aggressive patients)
- Other injuries that occurred at work
If you are unsure if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with experienced health care workers’ compensation attorney Mark Hurt.
What Types of Benefits Can I Secure Through Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning any health care worker who is injured on the job (regardless of whether they were partially at fault for an accident) may qualify for benefits.
If you or a loved one is a health care worker who suffered a work-related injury or illness, you might be entitled to compensation for:
- Doctors’ visits
- Specialists’ visits
- Medical care
- Physical therapy
- Medical testing
- Prescription drugs
- Mileage reimbursement
- Temporary disability or permanent disability benefits
Schedule A Free Consultation with Experienced Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Mark Hurt.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be challenging, as there are strict filing requirements and deadlines. For example, to be eligible for full compensation, an injured worker must provide written notice to an employer (typically, within thirty days of being injured at work). If an individual fails to notify an employer regarding their condition, it could compromise their entire claim.
Attorney Mark Hurt provides dedicated representation in helping injured Virginia and Tennessee workers in seeking to obtain full workers’ compensation benefits. If you would like to file for benefits or appeal a workers’ compensation claim denial, we invite you to call The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt to schedule a free consultation.