You can’t rely on your employer or their workers compensation insurance company to file your claim with the proper state or city agency depending on where you were injured. They may not know what to do, where to file it, and you’d have to sign the proper forms and make sure they were correct anyway. In D.C., we know one employer that would only give its workers 1 of the 2 forms they needed to file to protect their rights.
The bottom line is: don’t rely on an insurance company or your employer to make sure your rights are protected. Even if they mean well, if they make a mistake, it’s your benefits and medical treatment that could be affected.
If you want it done right, take the time to find out what you need to do to make sure you get the medical treatment and monetary benefits you need after getting hurt at work. Call us at (202) 393 - 3320 and we can walk you through the process.