My husband was hurt on a construction site in D.C. because another contractor (not his employer) was negligent, and needed knee surgery. He received workers comp benefits under a Compensation Order. How long does he have to file a lawsuit against the subcontractor that caused his injury?

He has six months to file his case against the subcontractor who caused the knee injury.  Unfortunately, not many lawyers know it. 

If you receive benefits under a Compensation Order in D.C., you have six months to file your case against a 3rd party.  If you don't receive those benefits under an Order, for example, the insurance company is voluntarily paying benefits, you have 3 years to file the case against the 3rd party. 

If you have any questions about whether you or someone you know has received benefits under an Order (its confusing, so you may not know) call us and we can talk about it.