Thomas Lee Wrote:
> I recently got injured at my job by falling down
> on the ground. I went to the emergency room and
> got x rays, and they determined that the injury
> caused two muscles to sprain, and additional
> tissue damage. I need to speak with an
> experienced workers compensation lawyer or someone
> who could help me.
> I'm still in pain and want to know what all of my
> options are. I don't know if I need a workers
> compensation lawyer or a criminal lawyer?
You haven't said anything to indicate a crime was involved.
It looks like a straight workers comp claim.
The system is set up so you can handle the claim yourself. You don't need a lawyer, although having a lawyer may protect you in the long run, and a lawyer is particularly necessary if your claim is denied.
Generally speaking, the more serious your injury, the more seriously you should consider contacting a lawyer. Particularly if you've been disabled by the accident.
The procedure for handling the claim yourself is explained on this page http://www.vwc.state.va.us/employees_guide.htm#responsibilities
At the very bottom, there are four steps listed, starting with giving notice to your employer asap.
wbva3fan wrote: "Go to law library. Law library is nice"
Referrals are better.
WingNut gave a specific name. You might follow-up with him about that lawyer for further details.
But don't dilly-dally. Specifically, you have to notify your employer within 30 days of the incident causing the injury. Miss that deadline, and you're SOL.
Whether you handle it yourself, or go to a lawyer's office for an initial consult (hopefully a free initial consult), you need to get moving on this.