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Workers Compensation and Injury Lawyers in Roanoke VA

Our team of workers compensation lawyers in Roanoke, VA, have handled some of the biggest cases against the toughest insurance companies fighting for clients who have been injured.

We pride ourselves on fighting for our clients with one goal in mind: getting you the compensation you deserve. It is because we know in every workers compensation or injury case, your entire life is turned upside down. You likely have several questions:

You do not have to face this situation alone. When you call our Roanoke injury law firm office, we can answer all your workers compensation and injury questions – in a free consultation. Our office in Roanoke has handled hundreds of similar injury cases. If you decide to work with our firm, we will fight for you and there is no fee unless you win a personal injury settlement or verdict at trial. In other words, our interests are aligned with your yours: to get you the highest settlement or verdict in your workers compensation injury case. 

If you have been injured in an accident, choosing an injury or workers compensation lawyer in Roanoke may be the most important decision you make. We offer free consultations to go over the details of your case, investigate the accident, and put together a plan to see how we can help.

To get started, call us today at (540) 523-1633 for a free consultation.

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Virginia Workers Comp Claim Denied?

If you suffered a work injury in Roanoke, VA, a lawyer can help you recover for your personal injuries. You are probably worried right now whether your bills will get paid – especially if the insurance carrier has denied your claim. Often, a work injury means dealing with physical pain, medical costs, and other life-changing effects. Our Roanoke team of workers comp and personal injury attorneys have extensive experience dealing with serious injury accidents. We have a well-earned reputation for getting results to help you restore your health, independence, and financial security.

There is no cost for a free, no-risk consultations where we can assess your situation, answer your questions about your workers compensation case in Roanoke, and guide next steps. You do not have to face this situation alone, nor do you have to worry about the cost. Personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning rather than pay a retainer to a lawyer to take your case, we agree to handle the personal injury or work injury case without up-front payment and any legal fees are paid as a percentage of any money that you get when your workers’ compensation case is settled or a jury awards a verdict. We’re paid when you win.

Common Questions About Your Case

  • Will I Have to Go to Court?

    The majority of Roanoke personal injury claims are settled out of court. There are occasions where negotiations break down. To hold the liable party responsible and get the compensation you are entitled to, you may need to take your case to court. We will always pursue a full and fair settlement without the need for a lawsuit, but if you are not offered an acceptable amount or they dispute responsibility, we are ready.

  • How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim in Roanoke?

    Under Virginia Code Section 8.01-243(A), the statute of limitations (or time limit) for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia is typically two years. This means that you must file your personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident, except if certain conditions apply. Failure to file a lawsuit in this time frame will almost certainly result in your case being dismissed. This makes it essential to work with an injury attorney as soon as possible.

  • Should I Accept theFirst Offer?

    NO! The precise value of your case will depend on various factors, like the severity of your injuries, your medical bills, how much time you were out of work, and what you will need in the long term. Insurance providers will be quick to make offers immediately following your accident. These offers are designed to make your claim go away, rather than provide what you need or deserve. It Is always best to discuss your situation with a Roanoke personal injury lawyer before agreeing to an offer.

  • When Should I Contact a Lawyer?

    If you have been injured  first thing you should do after an accident is to seek medical care. The next step you should take is to speak with a lawyer. This gives you the chance to review your situation with an experienced legal professional and discuss your available options. This can give you clarity about determining who was at fault and what you can expect from an insurance claim. It particularly important before making any statements or accepting any offers from the insurance company.

Roanoke Workers Comp Insurance Claims

In the aftermath of a serious, injury-causing accident caused by no fault of your own, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the negligent party’s insurance carrier will be in contact. The insurance company and their representatives will ask you questions about the accident, rush you to complete forms, and sometimes they will offer you a monetary settlement.

It is important to remember that these are businesses, driven by profits and not your best interests. These companies are usually trying to pressure you into accepting the least amount possible, and fast settlements will generally not cover all the damages that you’ve suffered.

The financial strain of the accident should not fall on your shoulders. It belongs to the at-fault party.

We will gather as much evidence as possible to demonstrate the other party’s careless, reckless, or intentional conduct. This may include obtaining police and other accident reports, electronic data, witness accounts, and other expert opinions. We will also work with your doctors and other medical professionals to show the insurance company or court the true extent of your physical, psychological, and emotional injuries.

As workers compensation and injury lawyers in Roanoke, VA, we provide comprehensive assistance throughout the process and make sure you receive everything you need. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so there won’t be any cost to you unless you recover compensation.

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Filing a Workers Comp Injury Case

You can pursue several types of damages for your injury through litigation or an insurance claim. We will fight hard for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your:

Past, current, and future medical expenses

With a serious injury, you are likely going to need medical care and supplies for a period of time after your case is resolved, or for the rest of your life. It is very important that your work with an attorney and medical experts to calculate the likely costs of your future medical needs.

Lost income and reduced earning capacity

You should be compensated for the wages you lose while recovering from the accident, including the sick days and paid time off you had to use. If you are unable to return to work, or you must find a new job that pays less than your previous position, you may be entitled to compensation for your reduced earning capacity. Your attorney will calculate the difference between what you were going to earn through your life before the accident, compared to what you are able to earn after the accident.

Pain and suffering

With a serious or catastrophic injury, you are likely experiencing an immense amount of physical pain. Even with medication and other treatments, you may be uncomfortable or hurting on a consistent basis. Depending on the type and severity of your injuries, you may deal with chronic pain for the rest of your life. Your compensation needs to address this long-term physical pain and discomfort.

Emotional distress

When dealing with a serious or catastrophic injury, the pain, discomfort, and suffering are not entirely physical. You will suffer through all types of negative emotions. The psychological consequences of the accident and your injuries can lead to mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleep disorders, and more.


If the accident caused a significant negative change in your appearance, you have a right to be compensated for this change and how it impacts your life. If your profession depends on your physical appearance and now your livelihood will suffer, this is important. A disfigurement can reduce your quality of life. Our serious injury lawyers take all of this into account when calculating your damages.


When your injuries cause you to have a permanent physical or cognitive limitation, you deserve to be compensated for this. A disability will affect every area of your life, and has the potential to reduce your quality of life.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Working with a Roanoke workers’ compensation attorney from the beginning can mean all the difference in how you claim progresses, securing the appropriate compensation, and navigating the administrative process if your initial claim is denied. In many cases, your employer or their insurance company will try to limit what they pay out. Don’t worry. We know their tactics and how to optimize your chance for a successful claim.

Some work injuries happen fast, and are impossible to miss. These include sudden falls, equipment failures, car crashes, or burns, and can result in severe and immediate harm. But others, like overexertion or toxic exposure are more gradual with the full impact possibly going unnoticed until your life is forever changed.

There are also instances where an outside party is responsible, which may require a third-party work injury claim or personal injury lawsuit. Regardless of how you came to be hurt on the job, these injuries have considerable physical, emotional, and financial ramifications that require full and fair compensation.

Tell us how you were injured, and we’ll explain how we can help. Call (540) 523-1633 or contact us online today. Our Roanoke workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers have represented hundreds of clients in the New River Valley, Covington, Blacksburg, Salem, Botetourt, and the surrounding counties, to fight for justice on behalf of injured workers and improve work safety. When you contact us about your injury claim, the initial consultation is free.