Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

Mr. Byrne has been representing persons in their workers' compensation claims since 1981. Since that time, Mr. Byrne has represented persons in their claims for on-the-job injuries involving: falls, motor vehicle accidents, lifting and carrying accidents and injuries, injuries from physically awkward work position, handling loads, using tools, heat stress, exposure to chemicals, fainting, seizures, injuries from electrical current, tree work, repetitive motion, injuries and/or conditions resulting from physical overcompensation from, or treatment for, an original work-related injury, ("compensable consequences"), occupational disease, machinery, hammers and nails as well as other types of accidents, injuries and conditions.

Mr. Byrne has experience in workers' compensation litigation involving accidental death from on-the-job accident and in litigation to collect accrued workers' compensation benefits after the death of a claimant from causes other than the on-the-job accident.

Mr. Byrne has represented injured persons in their workers' compensation claims involving injuries to: eyes, the head, the neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, hands, fingers, the chest, ribs, the abdomen, legs, knees and feet. Mr. Byrne has experience in litigating claims involving severe, long-term, chronic pain. Mr. Byrne has represented claimants in their claims for: temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, permanent total disability benefits, medical benefits and other benefits and remedies. Mr. Byrne has represented injured persons in their compensation claims: at the initial hearing level, with the Deputy Commissioner, and in appeals to: the full Commission and the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Mr. Byrne has also represented claimants in the administrative and medical benefits aspects of workers' compensation claims, including: assisting claimants in an effort to obtain authorization from the employer or insurance company for appropriate medical treatment, litigating claims in efforts to obtain orders from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission authorizing medical treatment and directing the employer and/or the insurance company to pay the cost of that medical treatment, advising claimants concerning vocational rehabilitation, vocational placement and return to work, as well as engaging in negotiations in efforts to resolve disputes and claims without the need for contested evidentiary hearings. Mr. Byrne also has experience in workers' compensation claims in which the Medicare program and/or the Social Security Administration and/or others, have sought reimbursement for past payments for medical expenses, and/or where the Medicare program has required setting aside funds to cover the cost of an injured worker's future accident-related medical expenses that would otherwise be paid by the Medicare program.