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Explaining Employer Lien Recovery in Virginia

Most self-insured employers and carriers understand that the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act permits an injured worker the right to recover from a negligent third party full damages for injuries inflicted on him or her by such party; and, from the recovery, the employer is reimbursed its lien for compensation benefits paid, subject to its pro rata share of attorney’s fees and costs. But often, a plaintiff’s attorney will argue that the proceeds of that third-party settlement should be reduced or split in thirds, meaning a third for the plaintiff/injured worker, a third for the plaintiff’s attorney, and a third for...

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Registration is open – 19th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Register now for the 19th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar on September 17th, 2020 at the Westin – Richmond.  This is one of the industry’s most engaging seminars. This year’s event will include an interactive appellant argument, “You be the Judge” and TWO keynote speakers, David Mitchell and Brad Hurtig

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Virginia’s Heart Presumption Statute Continues to Kick-up Case Law

Virginia Code Section 65.2-402 provides for a rebuttable presumption for heart disease and hypertension (among other diseases) for multiple classifications of mostly police and fire employees. This presumption applies only if the person invoking it has undergone a pre-employment physical, if requested, and was found free of hypertension or heart disease (whichever disease is being asserted). Moreover, the diagnosis of hypertension or heart disease must result in total or partial disability. Once the claimant has established entitlement to the presumption, the burden then shifts to the employer to establish a preponderance of evidence, both that 1) the claimant’s disease was...

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Ford Richardson 19th Annual Workers Compensation Seminar – Save The Date!

Save the date of September 17th for one of the industry’s most engaging seminars. This year’s event will include an interactive appellant argument, “You be the Judge” and TWO keynote speakers, David Mitchell and Brad Hurtig Click here to check out some of the moments captured from 2019. Registration details coming soon.

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Happy New Year 2020

Ford Richardson opened its doors as a full-service law firm in May 2018. It has been a fantastic year and a half of growth in talent, offices, clients and experiences. We could not have done it alone and have tremendous gratitude for our trusted clients and the Ford Richardson family.

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Claimant, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do: Unexplained Accidents and the “Arising Out Of” Threshold

It’s no news that to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Virginia, an employee’s injuries must result from an event “arising out of” and “in the course of” the employment. It is important to keep in mind that each phrase contains distinct elements that a claimant must prove before compensation will be awarded. “In the course of” typically refers to the time and place in which the claimant is working or performing the activity he or she was hired to perform. “Arising out of” is more nebulous, as it refers to the origin or cause of the injury. Specifically, Virginia...

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Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Below please find links to the studies just released by The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission relating to their study of Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation System and Disease Presumptions. The Commission made 24 separate recommendations in their report. I suspect that we may see the General Assembly taking up many of these issues in upcoming legislative sessions. Link to today’s JLARC Workers’ Compensation System and Disease Presumptions presentation (72 slides): http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/presentations/Rpt530Pres.pdf Link to the JLARC Workers’ Compensation System and Disease Presumptions Report (133 Pages) that was just made available online: http://jlarc.virginia.gov/landing-2019-workers-compensation.asp

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Res judicata: Knowing the Limits of Lifetime Medical Award

Lifetime medical award. These three words are a constant source of frustration for anyone who handles claims under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Once an award is entered in a claim, your claim has the possibility of remaining open and active for months, years, or even decades after their original injury. One particularly frustrating aspect of these eternal claims is the injured workers’ ability to revive a claim by seeking treatment for additional body parts or conditions long after benefits have been awarded. In the recent case of O’Neil v. County of Henrico, JCN VA00001314915 (Oct. 21, 2019), the Commission...

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Welcome Courtney Anderson to the Ford Richardson Team!

Courtney is an Associate in our Richmond, Virginia office where she will be working in the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. In addition, Courtney has significant experience in the area of family law and will continue serving those clients as well. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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