Injured Workers Law Firm

Injured Workers Law Firm

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Firm Overview

We pride ourselves on personal service. If your case meets our criteria for acceptance, you can be assured that you will receive close personal attention. We will keep you advised to all aspects of the stages of your case and keep you fully informed of all developments. You can call on us at any time with questions about your case. When your case is ready to be resolved, we will carefully advise you as to whether your case should be settled or whether you should continue receiving your workers' compensation benefits. If we do have a hearing in your case, we will consult with you at every stage and decide together what witnesses would be best to be called at the hearing. Our initial consultation with you is absolutely free. After the consultation, there is absolutely no obligation to hire us. If we decide together that we will represent you in your case, we will do so on a contingency basis unless specified otherwise. If you have any questions about your case, please call and we will be happy to speak with you and help you any way we can.

Our FREE book, "Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia," is a helpful reference tool for you to understand workers' compensation. Just having a grasp of some of the terminology you will encounter will make you feel more comfortable with the process and will allow you to speak in a more knowledgeable way with your attorney. The issues and laws involved in a workers' compensation claim are, in fact, highly technical, complicated and ever changing. If you think we can help you with your case, please feel free to call us. We will be glad to talk to you and see if we are the right attorneys for you and your case.Example casesA recent case that Michele Lewane handled was a situation where the client ran off of the road and hit a tree. His arm was amputated and he suffered severe brain damage to the extent he was in a wheelchair and needed assistance eating. The injured worker had to prove that the accident "arose out of his employment." Since he was not able to testify as to how the accident happened (he had complete amnesia and the mental capacity of a six year old), Michele was able to obtain an expert to testify about the road conditions, skid marks and speed of the truck. His conclusion was that Michele's client ran off the road because he swerved to miss/avoid something in the road. This was enough to get her client his medical treatment and financial benefits. This meant a lot to Michele because the law that the injured worker has to prove how the accident occurred is unjust to clients in comas or who suffer from amnesia or severe brain injuries, and they are the ones that need the most help.
Main Office
Main
7826 Shrader Road
Richmond  VA  23294
Phone
  • (804) 755-7755
Fax
  • (804) 612-1724
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
One hour free consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
The Virginia Workers Compensation Commission sets and must approve all attorney fees. The best estimate on attorney fees are:

•To obtain an award order is $300 to $600
•To go to a hearing is $750 to $1,500
•To obtain permanent partial disability benefits is 15% of the proceeds
•To settle a claim is 20% of the settlement.
Hourly Rates
We do not work on an hourly rate

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Bob Busch
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English and Spanish

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We have a unique communication policy which helps us to be the most efficient and at the same time answer client's questions and needs. If you desire further information, you can call the office and it can be explained to you or the policy mailed to you.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We use mediation frequently in appropriate cases.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We are also very active in TADD - Teens Against Distracted Drivers. Our firm has provided free bracelets for people to wear as a reminder that they have pledged not to text and drive an automobile.

It has been highly successful and continues to be across the U.S.

Our most recent community involvement is Kid's Chance, educating children of injured workers. Michele Lewane is on the board of Kid's Chance of Virginia. Kids' Chance's mission is to fulfill the dreams of these children and help them reach their potential by providing them with educational scholarships, so they can pursue their dreams by graduating from various institutions of higher education.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We believe that knowledge is power. Being an advocate for the injured worker first. Showing them how they can help themselves. Not every injured worker needs a lawyer to represent them. In fact, in most cases we can spend some time at no cost either on the phone, email, or in person, assuring them they don't have to go it alone. A little advice maybe all they need. We always send our FREE book at no cost, also.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Our main purpose is to help those injured on the job understand their rights. That is why we offer a FREE book called the "Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia." It will be mailed to anyone who requests it. To be true advocates of the workers' compensation laws in Virginia, you must be able to help arm those in need with information that is helpful to their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. After the intake and gathering of information process, a free initial consultation is conducted with the attorney and the client. Prior to this meeting, the attorney has reviewed medical records and any other documents provided by the client. The client has hopefully read our FREE book "Ultimate Guide to Workers Compensation in Virginia." Thus, this one hour consultation can be extremely productive and helpful to the client since we can go into details about the case to include reviewing documents prepared by the client. During that meeting, the attorney will advise the client whether they have a case, can handle the matter on their own, or even need a workers compensation lawyer.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes, but they will first read the FREE book "Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia." In the book are forms and procedures on how to handle a workers compensation claim on your own. Thus, most people who do not need an attorney will be able to have these guidelines to protect their rights and benefits. If more specific coaching is needed, those questions can be addressed during the consultation with the attorney.

Michele Lewane

Michele Lewane has been representing injured workers since 1990. Michele is the lead attorney and founder of the Injured Workers Law Firm located in Richmond Virginia. She limits her practice to workers' compensation. She is the author of the book, "Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia", Everything You Need To Know If You've Been Hurt On The Job. Michele has made it available for Free to anyone who orders it. Michele is truly an advocate to making certain every injured worker knows their rights.
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, she graduated 3rd in her class from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 1989. Immediately following law school, she clerked for the State Court of Appeals, gaining extensive experience and insight into workers' compensation matters by researching and drafting opinions on the technical aspects of this area of law. She had a general law practice with Hubbard, Samuels and Lewane from 1990 to 2007. In 2007, she created Injured Workers Law Firm to help injured workers exclusively with their workers' compensation needs across the state of Virginia.
Michele is Co-Founder and Vice President of Kids' Chance of Virginia (KCVA) who are proud to provide post-secondary and trade school scholarships to the children of Virginia workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident
Michele and her husband Bob live in Henrico County and have four children with whom they enjoy spending time with on the river or at the beach.
License
  • Bar Number: 30724
    Virginia , 1989
Education
  • University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts , 1986
    English major
  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1989
    Michele graduated 3rd in her class.

Lorraine D'Angelo

Lorraine, a workers' compensation lawyer, was born in Kentucky and grew up in East Tennessee, but spent summers with her father in Newport News, Virginia. She attended law school at the University of Memphis, graduating in 1999. After law school, she moved to Newport News, Virginia to work for an Administrative Law Judge who heard Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims. Later, her husband's job brought her to Richmond, Virginia. She has represented both claimants and employers, having worked at Rutter Mills in Norfolk, Virginia, and Midkiff, Muncie, & Ross, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia.

Lorraine prefers representing the injured worker because the injured worker is less knowledgeable about the workers' compensation system and they need more help than the insurance companies who have lawyers on call for any questions. When not working, Lorraine enjoys reading mystery novels, exploring Richmond's many restaurants, and spending time with her husband and pets.
License
  • Bar Number: 43899
    Virginia , 1999
Education
  • University of Memphis
    Juris Doctorate , 1999

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