How Long Do Workers’ Comp Benefits Last?

Because Virginia Workers Compensation wage loss benefits do not usually last more than 500 weeks, Herndon workplace accident lawyer Doug Landau notes that very young workers who become disabled run the risk of being cut off 10 years post injury and having no income
Because Virginia Workers Compensation wage loss benefits do not usually last more than 500 weeks, Herndon Reston workplace accident lawyer Doug Landau notes that very young workers who become disabled run the risk of being cut off 10 years post injury and having no income.

Anyone who has been injured on the job and is collecting workers’ compensation (WC) benefits, sooner or later, will ask the question — how long can I stay on workers’ comp?

In Virginia, weekly wage loss benefits can last up to 500 weeks — just shy of 10 years.  In fatal accident cases, the deceased worker’s dependents can get comp checks for just under 10 years.

But under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, authorized, reasonable and referred medical benefits, travel reimbursement, cost of living adjustments (COLA), medication, vocational rehabilitation, durable medical equipment and prosthetic replacement/repair benefits can last for life. There is also an exception to the 500 week rule that is beyond this post’s purview, as the requirements are very strict and permanent total disability cases are extremely rare.

For many folks with seriously disabling, permanent occupational injuries and diseases, Social Security Disability is necessary when the comp checks suddenly stop — IF they have enough earnings in the Federal system to qualify.

“It can be quite complex,” says attorney Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd.  “That is why I always recommend that people seek experienced legal counsel before their benefits end.”  Calling after the time has run makes for unhappy conversations. If you or someone you know is collecting workers’ compensation benefits and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

 

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