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Workplace Injury Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: All of the information provided here is of a general nature only. The specific facts of your case may require a completely different answer. Do not base any decision with respect to your case solely on any of the answers found herein. Prior to making any decision with respect to your case, you should speak with a competent attorney who is familiar with the laws that relate to your case.

Generally, what kind of expenses do you have in my case?

Typically, each health-care provider, whether it be a doctor’s office, hospital, x-ray facility, or physical therapy center, will utilize a third-party copying service to respond to records requests. These copying services typically charge a fee to produce the copies to our office. The bills and records that you receive through the mail or upon exiting your doctors office are insufficient to present to the insurance company for your demand, as they typically do not have the proper diagnostic codes and information necessary to process the claim.


In addition, there may be some investigative fees involved in tracking down witnesses. We also have standard administrative charges for postage, envelopes, file folders, etc. which typically do not exceed $50.00.


Sometimes, because of the medical issues in your case, it is important that we obtain an opinion letter from your doctor, or maybe even send you to a doctor for an independent examination. Obviously, the physicians charge for their time in preparing these reports, and in conducting an examination. Fees for these reports can sometimes exceed $1000.00. Obviously, we are not going to get into these types of charges without your consent, and even then, only if the potential value of the case warrants such an expense.


Occasionally, we may also see fit to hire other types of experts, such as liability experts to perform measurements of distances and site evaluations, and also economic experts who may assist us in proving the impact of your injuries on your ability to earn wages in the future.


If it is necessary to file your claim in court, there are of course filing fees, and other fees. Please see the FAQ—( If I go to Court, will that increase my expenses? If so, what kind of expenses can I expect? ) below.

Virginia Beach Office

5500-B Greenwich Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Elizabeth City Office
(by appointment only)
507 E Main St #K
Elizabeth City, NC 27907

If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.