I just spoke to a nice guy with a legitimate work injury in D.C. In fact he has a serious back injury.
But he waited too long for me to be able to help him - and waiting will end up costing him a lot - in terms of medical treatment, money, time and aggravation. He thought by doing everything the insurance company told him to do that he was doing the right thing for workers compensation.
Instead, the insurance company controlled his medical care, telling him to treat with some "worker's clinic" they probably fund and control and see insurance company doctors with no connection to him as a patient (because they get so many referrals from insurance companies).
Turns out his injury was more serious than they thought. Don't let this happen to you.
Here's what he should have done (and what you should do if you're hurt on the job):
- Get all of the info you can. Read Protect Your Rights: The Ultimate Guide to D.C. Workers' Compensation, The Union Worker's Guide, or one of our short, easy to read reports like 5 Mistakes that Will Absolutely Kill Your Worker's Compensation Case.
- Don't go to the insurance company clinic or doctors for treatment
- Talk to us early in the process - so we can stop you from making mistakes that may cost you hundreds of dollars each week.
Don't let this happen to you - you can find out the basics in 10 minutes. And we reserve times every week to talk to people with questions - no obligation, cost, etc. So call to schedule a short phone call so we can answer your questions and get you the information you need.