Over the years, I have represented a number of injured workers who have sustained catastrophic injuries that have left them partially or totally paralyzed. In Virginia, many complex issues arise in cases that lawyers often refer to as Permanent Total Disability claims. One of the more important issues that arise is the cost of home and/or vehicle modifications to accommodate for my clients disabilities. For example:
- Ramps to accommodate wheelchairs to allow for entry and exit of the client's home.
- Bathroom modifications
- Renovations to the interior of homes to allow for larger entry ways and hallways
- Chair lifts
- Vehicle modifications
Injured workers who need these kinds of accommodations face significant challenges. If the accident arose under the Virginia Workers Compensation Act, the aggregate cost of all such items and modifications required to be furnished by the workers compensation insurance company is $42,000.00. Yes, you read that correctly -- even in cases where the cost to modify a home and/or car exceed $42,000, the insurer is only required to pay up to $42,000.00. While, this usually presents a significant challenge to clients our law firm has successfully negotiated resolutions to this issue to allow clients to accomplish basic home and vehicle needs.