As I say in my book, Protect Your Rights: The Ultimate Guide to D.C. Workers Compensation, Don't wait.
The insurance company already has a team of lawyers, adjusters, nurses, case managers and investigators working against you from the moment you got hurt at work - sometimes before you even get to the hospital.
You need to be prepared for what is coming.
If you have a serious injury and you will be out of work or need surgery, you need to act now to protect yourself and your family for the long term consequences of the injuries. Even though you may be getting benefits, there is no guarantee those will continue, and you may not even be getting paid at the correct rate. The insurance company will never tell you everything you are entitled to in the future, or whether you can get benefits if your injury is permanent.
I literally wrote the book on workers compensation because one young couple got totally screwed by the insurance company - and by the time they came to me, it was too late.
There was nothing I could do.
I tell people a little bit about their story when I send them a copy of the book.
You'll see why a hard working union man, Mike (that's not his real name - I'm protecting his privacy) with a serious, legit injury that would end his career, was legally getting paid $20,000 less per year by his workers comp insurance company, because he made a common mistake he had no idea he was making at the time.
So don't delay in getting the best workers compensation lawyer for your case. As I say in my book, the insurance company's duty is to its shareholders - not you! No matter how nice they are or how smoothly everything went at first, there comes a time when that all changes.
In fact, I just spoke to a nurse I couldn't help because her injury lifting a patient happened so long ago. If she had called shortly after the injury, she would be much better off today, getting the medical treatment and income benefits she should have been getting.
Get the information you need to help yourself and your family by calling 202-393-3320. Any discussion we have will be free, confidential, no obligation and above all else, no pressure. But you'll walk away knowing a lot more about the workers comp system and how to protect yourself and your family.
The insurance company or your employer won't do it for you.