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?
Before you do anything - sign any forms, talk to the adjuster, go see the insurance company doctor - you need to get information.
Order 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.
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.
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.