Why does it take so long to get a Workers Comp Hearing ?

Several ABRAMS LANDAU clients have asked why it takes so long to get a date for the Hearing in their Virginia Workers Compensation claims.  Workplace injury lawyer Doug Landau is aware that since the conversion to a “paperless system,” the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission (“VWC”) has had technical issues and everybody involved in helping injured workers has a steep learning curve.  An on the job accident that leads to long term disability can be a frustrating event.  But when the claim is denied by an insurance company or Third Party Administrator (“TPA”), time is the enemy.  Virginia law does not require an employer or its insurer to pay benefits while a claim is waiting to be adjudicated.  So there is little incentive for employers and carriers to push the case forward quickly when they have the use of the money and the injured claimant may quit the case, move away or perish.  Henrdon Reston and Leesburg job accident lawyer Doug Landau received a letter from the VWC that attempts to explain what is happening now at the Commission and what to expect.  If you have questions about a Workers Compensation case or know someone who needs help, please e-mail us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., or call us at (703-796-9555).

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