Computer Job Search Efforts Are Not Adequate For Workers Compensation Benefits

in her geographical area but was told to apply online.

In a 2-1 decision, the Full Commission ruled that her efforts to find light duty work that she could perform was insufficient.  While the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has no set standard for what constitutes “reasonable marketing efforts,” it was thought that  at least 2 contacts per week, similar to what is required by the VEC, would be sufficient.  In the Ruffin case, the claimant put on evidence of 97 job contact in 10 months.  Online job searches may be the norm nowadays, but in light of the decision in this case in favor of the employer and its workers comp insurance company, an injured worker may want to make some in-person visits when seeking light duty work.  An experienced workers compensation lawyer will be able to counsel you so as to avoid having your comp benefits cut off unnecessarily.   At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., we educate our clients and their families as to what is expected of them when they receive a “light duty” or “restricted duty” work release.

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