I was hurt at work in the District of Columbia. Can I get a jury trial for my workers compensation claim?

Unlike medical malpractice or car accident cases, in D.C. workers compensation cases, there is no right to a trial by jury.  Instead, an Administrative Law Judge will decide the case following a Formal Hearing.  At the hearing, both the injured worker and the employer or insurance company will usually have the opportunity to present an opening statement, call witnesses, enter exhibits into evidence and make a closing argument - similar to a jury trial, but the decision will rest with an Administrative Law Judge.

Unlike in Maryland, where some workers compensation cases on appeal can be heard by a jury, D.C. workers compensation cases on appeal are first heard by the Compensation Review Board, and ultimately by the D.C. Court of Appeals. 

For more about the law and procedures of workers compensation in the District of Columbia, order your free copy of Protect Your Rights:  The Injured Workers Guide to D.C. Workers' Compensation, at  http://www.donahoekearney.com/reports/protect-your-rights-the-injured-workers-guide-to-dc-workers-compensation2.cfm