Do We Have to Sue My Husband's Employer for Workers' Compensation in Washington, DC?

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My husband was hurt at work in D.C. We don't want to sue his company, we just want fair compensation. What should we do?

We get this question all the time.  Most people have never had to have a lawyer, have never gotten seriously hurt at work, have never gone through this before. Before you do anything - sign any forms, talk to the adjuster, go see the insurance company doctor - you need to get information. Get started by Is Filing for Workers Comp a Lawsuit in DCordering a free copy of my D.C. workers compensation book. 

If your husband has a minor injury and is back to work quickly, he may not need a lawyer. But if the injury is serious, if he is out of work for a long time, needs medical treatment, needs surgery, has an injury that will flare up in the future or is permanent, you should call us now at (202) 393 - 3320 so we can answer your specific questions based on your specific situation.

There is a big difference between filing for a workers compensation insurance claim and suing your employer. Filing for workers compensation is opening a claim with an insurance company- much like you would after a car accident or if someone was injured at your home. Your husband's employer may do everything they can for him but they have a workers compensation insurance company that is calling the shots.  And the insurance company doesn't know or care about your husband or any injured worker - the insurance company is in business to make money for its shareholders and they make money by paying injured workers less. 

How do they do that?  They will never tell you all of the benefits you are entitled to under the law (because they don't want to pay for them).  They will send you to one of their doctors for medical treatment for your injury (is an insurance doctor likely to recommend tests or specialists that the insurance company has to pay for).  They may even send you to some type of "worker's clinic" they fund where you won't see a specialist (or even a doctor usually) for treatment. Don't get me started on these "worker's clinics" but I wouldn't send my dog there. If your husband was injured in DC, he has the right to choose his own doctor for independent treatment.

Choose the Right Lawyers for Your Husband's Work Injury Claim 

An experienced workers compensation lawyer knows how to get benefits fors an injured worker and follow through on an eventual settlement of the claim. We don't get between an injured worker and his company - we only deal with the workers comp insurance company.  And our goal is always to get fair compensation for an injured worker - and that includes everything - like compensation for time off work, proper medical care, and permanent injury benefits.

Give us a call today at 202-393-3320 to learn the realities about DC Workers' Compenation, and discover how to protect yourself and your family.

 
Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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