Virginia Worker’s Compensation Lawyer & Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia Worker’s Compensation LawyerVirginia Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Serving Clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Arlington, Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, East Hampton, Roanoke, Portsmouth Heights, Portsmouth, Abington, and throughout Virginia. 

Nearly 100,000 workplace injuries are reported in Virginia each year, many of which are debilitating and have long-term effects.[1]  When Virginians are injured at work, they are entitled to statutory monetary and medical benefits under Virginia’s worker’s compensation system.  This system is designed to provide financial assistance to injured employees without having to prove fault against their employer or co-workers in order to receive benefits.

If You’ve Been Injured at Work, We Can Help

Employers and insurance companies required to pay benefits will often have a strong incentive not to pay the full benefits to which workers are entitled, including monetary payments for injury and ongoing lost work time, as well as medical benefits needed for treatment.

We fight on behalf of injured workers.  If you’ve been injured, we can help you in seeking the full treatments to which you are entitled.  Call us to learn how we can help.

We offer a free consultation, and there is no fee for our services unless we are successful in obtaining compensation.

Worker’s Compensation Benefits in Virginia

Worker’s compensation (“WC”) is grounded in the principle that individuals have certain rights regarding their health and safety by merely being an employee of a business.  Labor laws in the State of Virginia mandate that workers’ compensation programs provide financial assistance for:

  • Medical treatment
  • Future or continued medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Injury compensation in recognition of the pain and suffering involved in an injury

If you were injured in a job-site accident, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation; and, having a tenacious attorney by your side can significantly increase your chances of securing the monetary help you deserve.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, firm founder Mark Hurt has been practicing law for more than 30 years, and has secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients.  We are dedicated to protecting client rights; including explaining benefit requirements and payment and treatment options.  If you retain our firm, we will guide you through every step of the process, and fight vigorously to get you the full compensation and medical treatment to which you are rightfully entitled. 

Call our offices to schedule a free consultation.  Not only is the first consultation complimentary, but you will not pay a fee unless we secure benefits or compensation on your behalf.

I Was Injured at Work.  What Type of Benefits Can I Collect?

Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act,[2] employers may be responsible for not only providing benefits for immediate medical needs, but for a variety of other expenses, including long-term care costs, lost wages, and death benefits.

Medical Benefits

If your claim is compensable, your employer (typically, through their insurance carrier) may be responsible for providing compensation for the following medical expenses:

  • Primary doctor or specialist(s) appointments
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from doctor’s visits
  • All authorized medically necessary care and treatment, such as:
    • Physician visits
    • Emergency room care and hospitalizations
    • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
    • Medical tests
    • Prescription drugs
    • Durable medical equipment and prostheses 

Temporary Disability Benefits

Worker’s compensation provides two types of temporary disability benefits that are designed to make up for the loss of wages:

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD). If an individual is unable to work because of a work-related injury, TTD benefits provide compensation equaling 66 2/3% of regular wages (based upon earnings for the 52 weeks before the injury).
  • Temporary Partial Disability (TPD). For workers who can return to work in a reduced capacity, TPD benefits may be available to supplement any loss of earnings due to their restricted work status.[3]

TTD and TPD benefits do not commence until the 8th day of disability; however, if incapacity continues for more than 21 days, then compensation for the first seven days is payable.[4]

Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD)

If your injury has improved as much as possible, but you are still significantly impaired, a physician can evaluate for a possible impairment rating.  If you receive a rating higher than 0%, you may be entitled to permanent loss disability benefits.[5]  Depending on your condition, the following medical documentation must be provided to substantiate your claim:

  • PPD Due to Loss of Use: a physician’s report containing a percentage of loss of use to a ratable body part[6] and a statement showing that maximum medical improvement has been reached
  • PPD For Disfigurement or Scarring: color photographs of the well-healed scarred area(s) and a statement from a treating physician attesting that maximum medical improvement has been reached
  • PPD Due to Amputation: an amputation chart, completed by a doctor, wherein the point of amputation is marked

Permanent Total Disability Benefits (“PTD”)

If your injuries are so severe that you are permanently unable to work, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.[7]  Under Virginia Law, compensation will be awarded for permanent and total incapacity when there is:

  • Loss of both hands, arms, feet, legs, eyes, or any two in the same accident;
  • Injury results in total paralysis;
  • Injury to the brain, which is so severe as to render the employee unable to work permanently.

Death Benefits

In cases where injury results in death, a surviving spouse, children, or certain other dependents may be entitled to benefits to replace the decedent’s wages and for funeral expenses up to $10,000 and transportation costs up to $1,000.[8]

What Types of Injuries are Covered under the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Act? 

To receive workers’ compensation, an accident must happen during employment or while a worker is doing something on behalf of an employer.  Under the Act, the injury must: (1) occur at work or during a work-related function, (2) be caused by a work activity, or (3) happen suddenly at a specific time.  If injuries are sustained as a result of an employee’s misconduct or outside of work, they will not be covered.

How Do I File for Virginia Workers’ Compensation if I Was Injured at Work? 

If you were injured in a work-related accident, you should immediately report your injury to your employer, as you must give notice within 30 days.[9]  Additionally, you must file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (“VWCC”) within two years after the accident.  If you do not timely report your condition, you may lose your right to collect compensation.

Once an accident is reported, an employer must file a First Report of Injury.  Shortly after that, the VWCC will send information regarding rights and responsibilities and, if a claim is accepted, an Award Agreement.

You can lose your right to some or all your workers’ compensation benefits if you do not properly file a claim.  Because there is only a limited amount of time to file, it is crucial that you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.  At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can explain your rights, prepare a claim, and make a timely filing to ensure that your eligibility for benefits is not compromised.  We can also represent you if full compensation and complete medical treatment are not being provided. 

How Much Will I Have to Pay a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

We represent workers’ compensation clients on a contingency fee basis.  This means that we receive a certain percentage of a workers’ compensation settlement or award, but we will not collect a fee if benefits cannot be secured.  Essentially, we only get paid if you receive compensation, and attorney fees are usually only a small percentage of the overall amount of compensation you can receive in lifetime medical treatment, lost wage payments, and permanent disability benefits.

Why Should I Hire a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can make an immense difference in the outcome of your case.  Firm founder Mark Hurt has decades of legal practice, and he has secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients.

Get the Benefits and Treatment to which You are Entitled

We understand that if you’ve been injured and can’t work, you may also have a family that is counting on you.  It’s important that you get someone on your side as soon as possible.

We invite you to call our firm today at 276-623-0808 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with experienced workers’ compensation attorney Mark Hurt.


[1] 2018 VWC Annual Report, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, https://user-ugincja.cld.bz/2018-VWC-Annual-Report/12/.

[2] VA Code § 65.2.

[3] Injured Worker’s Benefits Guide, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, http://www.vwc.state.va.us/documents/injured-workers-benefits-guide.

[4] Virginia Code § 65.2-509,

[5] Virginia Code §65.2-503

[6] Virginia Code §65.2-503

[7] Virginia Code §65.2-503C

[8] Virginia Code § 65.2-512.

[9] Virginia Code §65.2-600.

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“Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.”

Kendrick Wiggins
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What Our Clients Say

I recommend law offices of Mark T Hurt Courtney Cormier was so nice and helped us with our auto accident and personal injury case she done a great job!Thank you Courtney for everything you did!!!
Brandie Billiter-arnett
Brandie Billiter-arnett
14:28 22 May 21
I'm an out of state driver who received a speeding ticket in smyth county. Mark Hurt Law firm helped me get the charge completely dismissed at a very affordable cost! Great Firm , highly recommend!
Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
21:48 22 Apr 21
A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20