Richard Roe (not his real name) had a problem. He suffered a back injury at work in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He had rods and plates inserted in his back. Despite this he was in chronic pain. He injured himself rolling over his tractor on a hill. He then moved to Arizona. The insurer then had a doctor release him to a light duty job although he could not work due to pain. When Richard missed the job appointment the insurer cut off his compensation and medical benefits and filed a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. He then contacted me for help. We were able to show the "light duty job" was really not something he could do. Also, we had Richard re-apply for the "light duty job" to cure his alleged refusal. The insurer realized it was going to lose and offered us a favorable settlement of the case.
This case shows the claimant in a Virginia Workers' Compensation case always has to be vigilant. The insurer will often try to offer the claimant a light duty job he/she cannot in an effort to cut off the claimant's benefits.
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