Article by Virginia Workers Compensation attorney Michele Lewane.
When an employee is taken totally out of work by his doctor, he is entitled to wage benefits under the Virginia Worker's Compensation system.
Generally, you are entitled to two-thirds of your pre-injury average weekly wage for up to 500 weeks. That's 9.5 years.
The benefit period is totally dependent on what your doctor says. Remember that being totally out of work means that you can't do any work. If your doctor says you can still do some aspects of your job for some length of time, you will not receive the same benefits.
Your average weekly wage awarded is based on your last 52 weeks of work.
Worker's compensation in Virginia will likely never fully compensate you for your loss.
If you would like more information please get a free copy of Michele Lewane's book, The Ultimate Guide to Worker's Compensation in Viriginia.