REIDGOODWIN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST LAW FIRMS IN AMERICA BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 2017

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ReidGoodwin is humbled and thrilled to announce we have been included in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2017 Best Law Firms list!

 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers today announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings and ReidGoodwin has been included in the 2017 list for “Best Law Firms”.  Firms on this list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  

 ReidGoodwin is proud to receive this recognition and thank all of our attorneys and staff for their hard work on behalf of our clients.  Every day we strive to obtain the best results for our clients and are happy that our continued efforts have been noticed by others in the community and nationally.

 We hope those in our community are never injured, but we are pleased to be there for our community when they need us.  

 

What Can Workers’ Compensation Do For You?

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that up to 9,000 workers are injured on the job in the U.S. daily. In Virginia, workers’ compensation can cover wage loss benefits, medical treatment, compensation for permanent impairment, transportation to medical appointments, mileage reimbursements, prescriptions costs, home modifications, ambulatory aids, braces and other prosthetic devices.

Common job related injuries include:

  • Slips and falls
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Being struck or getting caught between objects
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Hazardous substance exposure
  • Overuse of muscles from repetitive tasks

The specific benefits that can be recovered after being injured on the job include:

Temporary Partial Disability (TPD): This is awarded when you are unable to return to work under your normal schedule and with normal duties. You may be on light duty or working part time. Partial disability payments help make up for earnings lost as a result of your injury.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD): If you are temporarily fully out of work because of your injuries, you may be able to receive up to 2/3 of your average earnings.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): If you have reached maximum medical improvement after being treated for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation based on an impairment rating from your physician.

Permanent Total Disability (PTD): If you are unable to work completely and permanently, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for your lost wages.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while working on the job, contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Mold Closes Richmond Post Office

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NBC 12 News reports a Richmond post office has closed because of a mold problem. Officials are not sure if or when the post office will reopen. Mold was found at 3004 North Avenue on Friday. The USPS rents the building and the owner of the building must choose whether or not to resolve the mold issue. Until the mold problem is fixed, the building will remain closed. Many people who frequented this post office location are wondering if mold affected them. Only one retail worker was assigned to the post office, but there were 143 P.O. Box customers. Officials are currently unsure what kind of mold is in the building or how long it has been there.

Below are the top symptoms associates with mold-illness:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache, light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficult word finding
  • Difficult concentration
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or chronic cough
  • Appetite swings, body temperature regulation
  • Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst
  • Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
  • Static shocks
  • Vertigo, feeling lightheaded

If you or someone you know has been affected by mold, contact the experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Brody Reid- Best Lawyers in America

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ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Brody Reid for being selected by his peers to be included in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers of America for his work in Workers’ Compensation Law. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Brody works tirelessly on behalf of his clients to obtain the best possible outcome that can be achieved. Brody Reid and Brad Goodwin founded ReidGoodwin on the principals of helping injured individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia and giving them the best customer service that they deserve. It is our passion to help others throughout the community.   We are pleased that our peers have recognized Brody for his excellent legal skills and unwavering commitment to helping individuals and families that have been impacted by injury.

Kid’s Chance of Virginia 2016 Golf Classic

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ReidGoodwin was once again a proud sponsor of the Kids Chance of Virginia 2016 Golf Classic yesterday at Hunting Hawk Golf Club.  It was a beautiful day for golf, but a better day to raise money for this great mission. This year Kid’s Chance Golf Classic brought out more than 100 golfers and raised $55,000 to fund scholarships for 22 Virginia Students. 100% of the donations will be used to fund scholarships.

Kids Chance of Virginia is very near and dear to our hearts here at ReidGoodwin.  Founded in 2011, Kids Chance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides post-secondary and trade school scholarships to the children of Virginia workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident.  At ReidGoodwin, we are passionate about assisting those who have been injured at work and we are happy that we can help try and provide a better future for families that have been devastated by a work place accident.

If your family has been severely affected by a workplace accident and you are struggling with the thought of the costs of sending your child on to college or trade school, please contact the law firm of ReidGoodwin so that you can get all of the benefits you may be entitled to.  We also encourage you to reach out to Kids Chance of Virginia to see if there is a scholarship available for you.

Brody Reid- One of the Nation’s Top Injured Workers’ Attorneys

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Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) has named Brody Reid one of the Nation’s top injured workers’ attorney for 2016.

WILG is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of work-related  injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief under workers’ compensation programs.  WILG is a network of like-minded advocates for workers’ rights, sharing information and knowledge, a sense of commitment and kinship, and networking to help each other and their clients.

At ReidGoodwin we are passionate about protecting the rights of injured workers’ and working on their behalf to make them and their families as whole a possible.  We are so proud that one of our fine attorneys, Brody Reid, has been given such high recognition and honor.

If you or a loved one is unfortunately injured on the job, please contact us for a free consultation and let us see how we here at ReidGoodwin can help you.

Firefighters Exposed To Hazardous Materials At Their Own Station

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Images are representative, not actual event.

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NBC 12 news reports the Richmond Fire Department is being investigated by state occupational safety agents. Firefighters claim to have been harmed by asbestos and other hazardous materials during a recent renovation. The firefighters have since been moved out of Fire Station 22 off of Broad Rock Boulevard.

Fire Station 22 was under construction for nearly a month while construction workers renovated the roof. The construction workers wore protective hazmat suits while the firefighters endured 24-hour shifts with zero protection. The firefighters complained of burning eyes, itchy throats, and a dust haze throughout the station.

Firefighting is known as a dangerous profession, but this risk is one that could have easily been prevented. Keith Andes of the Richmond Firefighter’s Association says “Somebody put a possible death sentence on these men and women by not taking precautions as they should. The dust and debris could have been ingested. This could have been inhaled.” The firefighters who work at Fire Station 22 not only had to deal with the daily risks of their jobs, but also a serious and avoidable health hazard.

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act reflects the specific risks firefighters and other emergency responders face. Firefighters who are injured while fighting a fire, maintaining equipment, performing office duties, training to stay in shape, or training to fight fires may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Additionally, Virginia workers’ compensation law for firefighters covers heart conditions, lung conditions, and cancer. Not only that, the law presumes that those conditions are caused by the firefighter’s employment. Often referred to as the heart-lung presumption, this law makes it easier for firefighters to obtain the benefits they deserve.

If you are a firefighter who has been injured on-the-job, call the experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Worker Injured on Portsmouth Construction Site

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Images are representative, not actual event

February 19, 2016- Portsmouth, VA

News Channel 3 reports that a construction worker was injured on a job site Thursday morning, while the worker was 25 feet in the air on scaffolding. The worker was injured when construction materials fell and hit him, knocking him unconscious.

Fire crews rescued the worker from the scaffolding using a fire truck ladder, after which the worker was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

The worker was part of a crew tasked with constructing a new four story apartment complex at Washington Street and Country Street in the downtown area. Continue reading

Firefighter Falls Two Stories While Battling House Fire

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Images are representative, not actual event.

February 11, 2016- Roanoke, VA

WDBJ 7 News reports that a firefighter was injured at the scene of a house fire in the Green Hill area of Roanoke County. According to the report, the firefighter fell through the second-story floor and into the basement, but was able to climb out of the house on his own. The firefighter was checked out by EMS and cleared to return to work.

Firefighting is an unequivocally dangerous profession; according to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 63,350 firefighter injuries in the year 2014.

In that same year, 64 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. The majority of firefighter fatalities occurred at fire scenes, with sudden cardiac death accounting for the largest share of on-duty deaths. Continue reading

Virginia Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Approves Workers’ Compensation Reform

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Images are representative, not actual event

February 2, 2016

The state Senate Commerce and Labor Committee approved a sweeping change to the Virginia workers’ compensation system on Monday. The Daily Press reports that the committee approved SB 631, which directs the state Workers’ Compensation Commission authority to set a fee schedule for treatment.

Allowing the state to set the fees doctors, hospitals and other health care providers charge when treating workplace injuries may mean an end to the more than 2,000 fee dispute cases pending before the commission at any point in time.

In theory, putting an end to those fee dispute cases will reduce expenses and allow the commission to spend more time focusing on the complex question of whether an accident ought to be covered by workers’ comp. Continue reading