with the VWC Mediator, the airline later countermanded their assent.
Since settlements are considered “voluntary compromises of workers compensation claims,” the VWC is powerless to enforce the agreement until the Final Order has been approved AND the appeals period has run. SO, even where a comp settlement is reached and the paperwork signed buy the parties and approved by the judge, if the claimant dies two weeks later, the insurance company and/or employer can go back on the deal and there is nothing the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission could do about it. Doug Landau has had this very case, and it makes for a heart-breaking situation. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of an on the job accident AND it was the result of a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.