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Explaining the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Mar 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Claimants filing for workers' compensation in Virginia should understand how the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act affects their rights and the workers' compensation system. A Viginia workers' compensation lawyer can explain how your case will be affected by the law. What the Act Does In the early part of the twentieth century, Virginia passed the Workers' The post Explaining the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

Claimants filing for workers' compensation in Virginia should understand how the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act affects their rights and the workers' compensation system. A Viginia workers' compensation lawyer can explain how your case will be affected by the law.

What the Act Does

In the early part of the twentieth century, Virginia passed the Workers' Compensation Act in order to address growing concerns over unfair aspects of the system that heavily favored industry to the disadvantage of injured employees. The act is designed to strike a compromise between employers' and employees' interests: employers give up certain defenses that were previously available to them under previous laws, and employees surrender the right to sue their employer for monetary damages and pain and suffering. The act also regulates how attorney's fees work in workers' compensation claims, and stipulates that fees are to be based on contingency fee agreements, ensuring that virtually anyone should be able to find legal representation with a valid claim.

The workers' compensation system has become an especially litigious and contentious area of the law since its inception. Insurance companies, though they are supposed to be in the business of paying out claims when appropriate, have a large network of defense attorneys working to reduce the number of claims paid out, either working for outside law firms or working for the insurer directly. For this reason it is in your interest to be represented by a Lynchburg workers' compensation lawyer as well.

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B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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