Virginia: Even After Modifying Vehicle for Wheelchair, Employer Still Responsible for Transportation to Med Appointments

Virginia: Even After Modifying Vehicle for Wheelchair, Employer Still Responsible for Transportation to Med Appointments

A Virginia appellate court held that an employer was required to provide transportation to medical appointments for a permanently impaired employee who was wheelchair dependent in spite of the fact that it had earlier paid to modify the employee’s vehicle to accommodate his condition.  Citing Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the appellate court found in relevant part that the employer had ignored the fact that the employee could not drive the vehicle himself and that the employee’s wife, who had driven him before, was not continuously available to get him to the doctor.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation.

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See Howard Bros., Inc. v. Howard, 2014 Va. App. LEXIS 99 (Mar. 18, 2014) [2014 Va. App. LEXIS 99 (Mar. 18, 2014)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 94.03 [94.03]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.

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