Sarah Y. M. Himmel is a principal in the firm of Two Rivers Law Group, PC, and practices in the firm’s Southwest Virginia office located in Christiansburg, Virginia.
With over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience, Sarah has wide-ranging expertise in handling complex matters before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. She also has particular and extensive experience in litigating Federal black lung claims, before the United States Department of Labor/Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. She has litigated numerous cases before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, as well as appeals to the Benefits Review Board.
Sarah Y. M. Himmel provides daily advice to insurance carriers on a broad spectrum of issues including claims involving cumulative trauma versus injuries by accident, compensable consequence and change-in-condition claims, statute of limitation defenses, de facto awards, willful misconduct, negotiating lump sum and structured settlements, and fraud and other credibility defenses.
Sarah also has extensive experience in:
Occupational disease/ordinary disease of life claims (hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, toxic gas or chemical exposure)
Claims alleging occupational stress and psychological injuries
Medicare approval of settlements
Insurance coverage issues
Appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals
Sarah has presented seminars on topics including state and Federal black lung claims, hearing loss claims, an employer’s duty to offer vocational rehabilitation, return to work issues, unjustified refusal of selective employment, termination for cause, and claims control and loss prevention.
B.A., University of Virginia, 1984
J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1987, cum laude
Defense Research Institute
Virginia State Bar
Montgomery-Radford Bar Association
Southwest Virginia Workers’ Compensation Bar Association
Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court
Two Rivers Law Group, PC.
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