Suffering an injury to the spinal cord that results in paralysis is perhaps the most tragic of injury types because it is permanently and completely disabling. Indeed, while medicine is very advanced in the 21st century, there is still no way to cure spinal cord and paralysis injuries. A worker who suffers from a paralyzing injury will likely be paralyzed for life.
While nothing can truly compensate a worker for this tragic type of injury, workers’ compensation benefits are in place to ensure that a worker at least gets the medical care and wage replacement benefits they need. If you or a loved one has suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of a workplace accident, do not hesitate to call Hampton Injury Law for legal counsel you can count on.
When a paralysis injury occurs that disables a worker, the worker is likely entitled to benefits through workers’ compensation insurance – nearly all workers in the state are covered under this insurance program.
Medical benefits are the most common type of benefit available and cover all of an injured worker’s necessary and reasonable medical care, including hospital stays, prescription medications, surgeries, and other treatments. In fact, even transportation costs to and from doctors’ appointments are reimbursed.
When a worker is paralyzed, and they are determined to be permanently and totally incapacitated–which is recognized by Code of Virginia Section 65.2-503 as loss of both hands, both feet, both legs, both arms or “injury for all practical purposes resulting in total paralysis”–they are entitled to compensation for total incapacity. Compensation for complete inability is paid at a rate of 66 ⅔ percent of the worker’s average weekly wage prior to the incident, and never less than 25 percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth, nor more than 100 percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth. The weekly compensation amount is paid for the lifetime of the injured employee, with no limit on the total amount of compensation that can be recovered over time.
If you are injured on the job and are paralyzed as a result, you surely deserve to be compensated for the harm you have incurred. Do not assume that because your injury is so serious, you will be paid the benefits you deserve. Workers’ compensation insurance providers deny workers’ compensation claims that should be approved and often look for ways to minimize the amount of benefits a worker takes home.
When you work with our workers’ compensation lawyer, you take the right steps to improve the outcome of your case. Attorney Jan Hoen is experienced in workers’ compensation law and passionate about serving clients like you. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
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