Expert Workplace Injury Lawyers 

Protecting Innocent Workers From the Abuses of Industry Giants

Companies claim to care about their staff. But when an employee sustains serious injuries because of an on-the-job accident, businesses will fight workers’ compensation claims, denying negligence or shifting blame onto the employee

At Breit Biniazan, we don’t think honest workers should pay for the mistakes of corporations. That’s why our Virginia and Washington DC workplace injury lawyers offer unrelenting representation. What’s more, we don’t charge a penny until we win your settlement. 

Have you been injured at work? Don’t settle for less than what you’re owed. Call Breit Biniazan at 855-212-8200 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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What Is a Workplace Injury?

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), workplace injuries are injuries or illnesses caused by an individual’s job. An employee may also be eligible for compensation if their job exacerbated a preexisting injury. 

Workplace injuries often occur when a worker comes in contact with equipment. For example, an employee’s hand may get caught in a machine or something may fall on someone’s head and cause a brain injury. Excessive physical effort and repetitive motions can also cause workplace injuries. 

Statute of Limitations on Workplace Injuries

In Virginia, workers’ compensation claims must be filed within two years of the injury. If you choose to sue outside of workers’ compensation, you must still file in two years. 

If you suffer an illness or disease because of employment, you must file within two years from the date you learned your illness resulted from your job. Another option is to pursue legal action within five years of the last time you were exposed.  

Since workplace injury litigation can be fairly complicated, Breit Biniazan encourages all clients to file a claim as soon as possible. Waiting could compromise your ability to demand proper compensation. 

Types of Damages Awarded to Workplace Injury Victims 

Did you tear your rotator cuff stacking boxes at work? Or maybe you developed a chronic lung disease because of on premises chemical exposure? If so, you may be entitled to financial retribution through a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury claim

Individuals who file a workers’ compensation claim typically receive four types of benefits:

  • Medical coverage: If you suffered a workplace injury, you can demand compensation for all medical expenses associated with the injury.
  • Wage benefits: If an on-the-job accident prevents you from making an income, either temporarily or permanently, you could be entitled to those lost wages. 
  • Vocational rehabilitation: To help you return to work, your employer may offer vocational rehabilitation services. Examples include job training and counselling.     
  • Death benefits: If you’ve lost a loved one because of a workplace accident or illness, workers’ compensation may pay for funeral costs and offer financial support. 

Workplace Injury Damages vs Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation and personal injury claims are very different. With workers’ compensation, employees are entitled to limited benefits like injury-related medical expenses, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. Even if you suffer a permanent disability, your benefits may eventually run dry. 

In a personal injury claim, workers may seek full compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are objectively quantifiable financial losses such as medical bills and diminished future earnings. Comparatively, non-economic damages refer to subjective, non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. 

In most cases, you cannot file a personal injury claim against your employer. However, there are loopholes. 

To determine which claims are most appropriate for your situation, contact Breit Biniazan for a free case evaluation.

Common Workplace Injuries & Sites

Some workplace injuries are deadly, while others just require stitches and downtime. No matter the severity of your injury, Breit Biniazan will work to recover damages.

Common workplace injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents 
  • Muscle strains because of overuse or heavy lifting
  • Falls from scaffolding or machinery 
  • Cuts and lacerations from equipment
  • Inhaling toxic fumes
  • Burns or injuries from explosions
  • Exposure to loud noises from machinery
  • Injuries from falling objects, such as boxes in a warehouse 

Though anyone can experience a workplace injury, some professions are riskier than others. They include: 

  • Construction sites
  • Factories
  • Mills 
  • Mines
  • Warehouses
  • Oil rigs
  • Highway construction workers
  • Firefighters and first responders
  • Roofers
  • Garbage workers
  • Landscaping and lawn care professionals
  • Agriculture workers
  • Arborists
  • Foresters
  • Fishers and hunters
  • Truck drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Couriers/messengers
  • Taxi drivers
  • Rideshare drivers
  • Air transportation workers

Building a Workplace Injury Case

Navigating the intricacies of workplace injury litigation can be overwhelming. That’s why you need a workplace injury lawyer by your side. The expert attorneys at Breit Biniazan can provide guidance and compassionate support in the months following your workplace accident, fighting relentlessly for the settlement you deserve. 

We’ll build a winning case by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Learn more about the circumstances around your injury and the healthcare you receive following the incident.
  • Step 2: Review your legal rights, helping you understand what compensation you’re entitled to.
  • Step 3: Analyze every detail of your case, from medical paperwork to your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
  • Step 4: Meet with your doctors to receive an expert’s opinion of your injuries.
  • Step 5: Fight for the justice you’re owed.

Choose an Experienced Workplace Injury Lawyer

Though a company is nothing more than its people, businesses forget this in the face of workers’ compensation claims. At Breit Biniazan, we have witnessed employers commit grievous acts following on-the-job injuries. Some try to shift blame onto the employee while others try to coerce the employee into dropping the claim.
Our workplace injury lawyers don’t tolerate these dishonesties, nor are they intimidated by scare tactics. Rather, our award-winning firm offers fierce representation no matter the situation. We fight for justice not because it’s our job, but because it’s our calling.

Workplace Injury Litigation FAQs

Should I get a lawyer if I got hurt at work?

Yes. An expert workplace injury lawyer can ensure you receive the workers’ compensation you deserve. An attorney can also determine if you should file a personal liability claim against third parties.

Can you sue your employer in Virginia?

No, employers cannot be sued in Virginia. However, a workplace injury attorney can help you receive a fair workers’ compensation settlement. A legal professional can also help you hold third parties, like the machine manufacturer or property owner, responsible for their negligence.  

Do I get full pay if injured at work?

Employees who are injured at work are entitled to 66 and ⅔% of their normal wages. This value is based on earnings for the 52 weeks prior to your injury.

Why do employers fight workers comp claims?

Employers have many valid, though self-serving, reasons for denying workers’ compensation claims. For one, a claim could cause their insurance premiums to skyrocket and encourage other employees to file claims. But they may also want to protect the company’s reputation since bad publicity affects profits and stock prices.

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