Workers on Virginia’s interstates – I-95, I-66, I-495, I-64, and I-81 – are at great risk for injury from inattentive motorists who may be texting or otherwise distracted while driving through a work zone.
When a construction worker on a Virginia highway is struck by a negligent motorist, she not only may have a workers’ compensation claim for her medical bills and lost wages, but also a “third-party claim” against the at-fault driver.
However, many injured construction workers are unaware of their rights under the law, and fail to seek assistance in a timely matter. The Herndon Virginia law firm Abrams Landau was recently contacted by just such a gentleman, who contacted us one day BEFORE the expiration of the two (2) year time limit for bringing such injury claims.
Unfortunately, Doug Landau had to tell this injured highway worker that it was simply too late for Abrams Landau to represent him, as he did not have any of the documentation, accident investigation reports, or other evidence necessary to file the case. Plus, it is very, very unlikely that any law firm in Virginia would file a case for such a late date. This is because it becomes extremely difficult as time passes to prove who the parties were, locate witnesses, and find people who may know something about the facts of the case, as memories fade.
Certainly injured highway construction workers, once their medical condition is secure, should seek counsel, since the coordination of a Workers’ Compensation claim and a third-party liability claim is not an easy task. Plus, many of these individuals may be so seriously injured they would qualify for federal Social Security Disability benefits.
The Herndon law firm Abrams Landau is able to coordinate not only the state workers’ compensation claim, but also the third-party negligence case, as well as the Social Security disability case. If you or someone you know has been injured while working along an interstate highway and there are questions as to what laws apply and what benefits you are entitled to, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).