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Time limits can be harsh in any case involving a serious injury.

I just met with a union electrician about a workers compensation case he had.  He was legitimately hurt on the job and reported it to his employer.  He went to one of those "workers clinics" they sent him to.  He told the doctor he had hurt his neck and back - the neck injury was more serious.  

But the claim form he filed didn't indicate a back injury. 

He got a lawyer who didn't specialize - he advertised for every type of case under the sun.  That lawyer didn't amend the claim form in time to include the back. 

Fast forward two years.  The back had gotten worse.  His neurosurgeon said he needed surgery and couldn't work.  He is seeing a pain management specialist.

This electrician should be getting workers compensation benefits and getting his medical treatment covered, right?

Wrong.  His claim (for the back) was filed too late.  The Court said the statute of limitations meant he couldn't get any recovery for this serious back injury that happened at work.

That's why we publish books, reports and guides for consumers - to prevent this from happening.  If you know someone with a legal issue or serious injury, have them call us and we can send them information that can help prevent this from happening to them.

So you may be asking: What are the Statutes of Limitations in My State? Here's a useful breakdown for you.

Washington, DC

Medical Malpractice - Generally three years

Workers' Compensation - Generally two years

Car Accidents - Generally three years


Medical Malpractice - Generally three years from discovery

Workers' Compensation - Generally two years

Car Accidents - Generally three years


Medical Malpractice - Generally two years

Workers' Compensation - Generally two years

Car Accidents - Generally two years

For ERISA long-term disability claims, the timelines are all the same. If your claim is denied, you only have 180 days to put together your administrative record and appeal. 180 days is barely enough time to collect your medical records.

Finding out the Statute of Limitations for your case is the first step to discovering whether or not you have a case. Take the next step and give us a call at 202-393-3320 and we can help you get started on your road to success.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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Experienced DC Workers' Comp, Long Term Disability & Accident Lawyer
Timing is important when it comes to any case. Be aware timing. For medical cases, keep track of doctor's advice and how long symptoms last. For divorce cases, be aware of timing between cases and visits. Elisa Jed |
by Elisa Jed March 26, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Deadlines do need to be watched. Healthcare can be so helpful, but they do have time limits. The best thing to do is look into how long you have right away, and then start into the documentation.
by Elisa Jed February 25, 2014 at 08:56 PM
If a landlord was injured as a result of negligence by the owner would it be a worker's comp or a tennant/landlord case? Would one go to or seek worker's comp?
by Elisa Jed January 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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