Answers to Medical Malpractice, Workers Comp, Long Term Disability Insurance, and Car Accident Questions
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At Donahoe Kearney, we believe it's important to empower through education. Here are some of the questions people have when they first contact us about D.C., Maryland and Virginia medical malpractice, serious car accidents, long term disability insurance claims, or workers compensation. We try to provide as much information as we can based on our experience as medical malpractice lawyers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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What are permanent partial disability benefits in workers compensation cases?
In D.C., Virginia or Maryland workers compensation cases, an employee hurt at work is entitled to workers compensation benefits based on his permanent injury - sometimes called percentage disability or permanent impairment, even though he can return to work, either in his pre injury job or some other job. These are called permanent partial disability benefits.
The workers compensation law is different for each jurisdiction, but D.C., Virginia, and Maryland workers compensation law each have a schedule - a fixed amount of weeks of compensation for the loss of a body part.
The amount of the permanent partial disability benefits available to an injured worker vary in each state, and depend on the severity of the injury, whether it required surgery, rehab, etc., so call us if you have a permanent injury and we can discuss your specific situation.
My automobile insurance includes Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. What is this and how does it help if I'm hurt in a car accident?
In D.C. and Maryland, many automobile insurance policies contain PIP coverage. If you are hurt in a car or truck accident, your automobile insurance company will cover reasonable and necessary medical treatment and lost wages up to the PIP policy limit. In Maryland this is usually $2,500 but additional insurance coverage can be purchased. In the District of Columbia, this may also be called No-Fault insurance. In some situations, accepting D.C. no-fault may preclude an injured person from pursuing a negligence case against the responsible driver. Before accepting benefits, discuss your injury and accident with an experienced attorney who can also analyze your automobile insurance policy.