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| Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A Virginia Department of Transportation contractor was hit by a vehicle’s side mirror while working on a stretch of road on I-64 East between Chesapeake Blvd. and Norview Ave. in Norfolk on May 20. The contractor was in a temporary work zone when the mirror struck his right shoulder. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and the injury was not life-threatening.

Road crews working on interstate highways have a very dangerous job. Despite signs telling drivers to slow down in work zones and hefty fines for speeding, cars still fly by these crews at 60 mph or more without thinking twice. It’s no surprise that occasionally a road construction worker is hit by a car and injured or even killed.

When we see workers on the road, we need to slow down and stay alert. It’s a minor inconvenience that can prevent injuries and save lives.

A worker who is injured on the job may seek workers’ compensation benefits from his employer to help offset the cost of his injury. Through workers’ compensation benefits, you are entitled to 2/3 of your gross income while you are disabled. You can also receive medical treatment as long as it is necessary, and additional benefits are available if you are permanently disabled.

It’s important to know your rights and responsibilities as an injured worker so you don’t run the risk of losing your benefits. Your employer may be proactive in providing compensation, and that makes the process easier. Even if your employer is providing benefits, though, you still must file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and submit copies of any medical reports you receive. If you are able to perform light-duty work, you have an obligation to apply for light-duty jobs with your current employer or other employers.

Sometimes employers refuse to pay workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer is refusing to pay you benefits, you should consider talking to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney about your options. For more information about who is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, what to do if your employer is denying your claim for benefits, and more, visit the Workers’ Compensation Information section of our website.


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