Attorney Wayne Haig
 

We represent accident victims with serious on-the-job injuries. We will take the time necessary to explain your case’s procedures and status so that you are up to date on every development. At the Haig Law Firm, we will give your case personal, careful attention. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the easier it will be to build a strong case, avoid common yet costly mistakes and ultimately reach a successful resolution. We endeavor to protect your right to receive weekly wage loss compensation benefits and to maximize the settlement value of your claim.

We welcome your call and the consultation is FREE. If your case is important to you, please call today. Attorney Haig travels throughout Virginia to meet injured employees for their convenience. So if you can't come to us, we'll come to you!

Pre-Existing Conditions

 

Many injured workers are concerned that a pre-existing condition will prevent them from obtaining an Award of Workers’ compensation benefits.   However, if you can prove that a compensable, accidental injury at work has aggravated, accelerated, or exacerbated at pre-existing conditions, and this has caused a new disability for work, workers’ compensation benefits may be awarded. 

 

While these types of injuries can be the basis for an award of compensation and medical expenses, insurance carriers will often dispute them.  If you are dealing with an aggravation of a pre-existing condition due to workplace injury, feel free to give us a call.

For a FREE consultation about your injury, please fill out the form and we will contact you.

Reporting your Accident and Injury

 

If you have been injured in an accident at work, do not delay in giving notice of your accident and injury to your employer.  The Virginia Workers’ Act provides that the notice of accident shall state the name and address of the employee, the time and place of the accident, and the nature and cause of the accident and the injury.   

 

You should also be aware that the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act also provides that:

No compensation or medical benefit shall be payable unless such written notice is given within thirty days after the occurrence of the accident or death, unless reasonable excuse is made to the satisfaction of the Commission for not giving such notice and the Commission is satisfied that the employer has not been prejudiced thereby.”  

For a FREE consultation about your injury, please fill out the form and we will contact you.

Filing a Claim for Benefits

If you are injured in an accident at work, you should file a claim for benefit with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission no later than two years after the date of your injury.  However, I do not recommend that an injured worker delay in filing a claim for benefits with the Commission following an accident.   Remember that in Virginia, unless an Award Order for workers’ compensation benefits has been entered, an injured worker has no entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits.

For a FREE consultation about your injury, please fill out the form and we will contact you.

Pre-Existing Conditions

 

Many injured workers are concerned that a pre-existing condition will prevent them from obtaining an Award of Workers’ compensation benefits.   However, if you can prove that a compensable, accidental injury at work has aggravated, accelerated, or exacerbated at pre-existing conditions, and this has caused a new disability for work, workers’ compensation benefits may be awarded. 

 

While these types of injuries can be the basis for an award of compensation and medical expenses, insurance carriers will often dispute them.  If you are dealing with an aggravation of a pre-existing condition due to workplace injury, feel free to give us a call.

For a FREE consultation about your injury, please fill out the form and we will contact you.

The importance of Award Orders

Are my rights protected if the insurance company has been paying wage-loss benefits and my medical bills?  Unfortunately, in Virginia, an injured worker has no entitlement to ongoing wage loss compensation benefits simply because an insurance company has been voluntarily paying benefits. Believe it or not, this is true even if the insurance company's representative has verbally informed the injured worker that his or her workers' comp claim has been accepted. The harsh reality is that in Virginia, without a formal Award Order for wage loss compensation benefits, an injured worker is living with the ever-present risk that his or her workers' comp benefits can be cut off at any time and without any warning. This can happen even if benefits have been paid for many months without a hitch. 
 
If you would like to know more about the process for getting an Award Order entered, feel free to press the pound sign and speak directly with the Haig Law Firm. 

The Importance of an Award Order

Are my rights protected if the insurance company has been paying wage-loss benefits and my medical bills?  Unfortunately, in Virginia, an injured worker has no entitlement to ongoing wage loss compensation benefits simply because an insurance company has been voluntarily paying benefits. Believe it or not, this is true even if the insurance company's representative has verbally informed the injured worker that his or her workers' comp claim has been accepted. The harsh reality is that in Virginia, without a formal Award Order for wage loss compensation benefits, an injured worker is living with the ever-present risk that his or her workers' comp benefits can be cut off at any time and without any warning. This can happen even if benefits have been paid for many months without a hitch. 
 
If you would like to know more about the process for getting an Award Order entered, please fill out the form and we will contact you.

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