If Your Workers Comp Claim Is Denied in Washington DC You Have A Right To Appeal
We do our best for you if you come in near the beginning of your case - after you've torn your rotator cuff at work and gone to the hospital, and your primary care physician has seen you. The best chance you have for getting what you deserve starts with everything that happens immediately after your work accident.
Sometimes we get clients that come to us because the insurance company is denying benefits or medical treatment for the work injury, or when they're looking for a lawyer to represent them at an upcoming workers' comp hearing. In DC workers compensation, the hearings are like a mini trial. And when you're in court, experience matters, especially experience in your type of case. You can see case results here where we handled the appeal of a security guard who inured his back at work and then later developed neck pain as a result of his injuries.
In DC, there are different types of hearings and appeals, so it's important to have a lawyer who you can trust fighting on your side, because the workers comp insurance company always has an experienced lawyer working against you. We spoke with a man the other day, who in his own estimation, went to the wrong lawyer about his workers' compensation case in the beginning of his case. This lawyer, who hadn't handled many of these cases before, encouraged him to file his claim in the wrong place. And, because he listened to his lawyer, he was losing out on hudreds of dollars of benefits every single week. Don't Let That Happen To You And Your Family.
If You Filed for a Formal Hearing, a Deposition is Part of the Discovery Process
A deposition is an opportunity for the insurance company lawyers to ask you questions under oath. It doesn't happen in a courthouse, and it usually happens in an attorney's office, or some other mutually agreeable location. The insurance company will send their lawyer and they will ask you questions about almost anything related to your case. You will certainly be asked about prior injuries, past or present medical conditions, how your injury happened, the medical treatment and diagnosis you've received since being injured, whether you can work or how much you have lost in wages if you can no longer work, etc. They will also ask you a number of other questions depending on your unique case and your specific circumstances.
We Take Care of Our Clients During the Discovery Process
We look at the deposition as an opportunity to educate the insurance company about the seriousness of your injury and what you and your family have been through. We have a very specific protocol for preparing our clients to testify so they are confident and composed in the deposition. And, we are right there with them the whole way during the deposition, and of course more generally during the entirety of their case.
We expect your deposition to be taken in every serious injury case we file, so we start planning and preparing you for it even before your case is filed.
And the way we prepare you for this? Let's just say it's like everything else we do in our practice - it's completely different than the way everyone else does it.
Contact Our Experienced Workers Comp Litigators Today To Make The Right Choice For Yourself and Your Family After a Serious Injury
Because there are a number of factors that make each case different - no one can give complete legal advice without knowing what happened in your specific situation. But we hear from people regularly who chose the wrong lawyer and want us to take on their case; sometimes we can, sometimes we can't depending on the stage of the case. Don't wait too long to find the right lawyer for you and your family. If you were recently injured at work and you need surgery, The Hartford or Travelers insurance will probably try to scare you into following their directives. Some injured workers get really anxious and rush to sign up with the first law firm they speak to.
Don't make the mistakes we see so often. Breathe, and do your research and find the best lawyer you can. If you have a serious injury and will be out of work for awhile, you need a lawyer like Frank Kearney who has represented hundreds of injured workers, protected their income, gotten their medical treatment authorized, and procured a lump sum settlement for them.