How Long Will My DC Workers Compensation Case Take, And What Kind of Benefits Will I Receive?Workers Compensation and Temporary Partial Disability in DC

The Length of Your Case Depends on the Severity of Your Injury and the Physical Demands of Your Job. 

Your case should take as long as necessary to get you all of the benefits and medical treatment you need for your work injury, and for you to get back to health. Unfortunately, you can't speed this up or slow this down, it just depends on your recovery, medical treatment and the extent of your injuries. Permanent injuries will take longer, of course, because we want to make sure we can get you everything you need to take care of yourself and your family now and in the long run. If you had surgery, you may be able to go back to work on light duty while you complete physical therapy.

Every day we do what's best for people in their specific situation. So you can expect a thorough and specific plan to get you and your family what you need.

Sometimes that's a settlement for a minor injury that comes relatively quickly and allows you to put that money to good use. Other times, it's making sure you have ongoing medical care in the future should you need it. Sometimes it's transitioning to a new light duty career. T

Whatever will work best for you and your family is what we'll advise you to do. We're going to make sure that it gets done whether it takes a couple of months or a couple of years.

Two Types of Temporary Disability in Washington, DC

There are two types of temporary disability: temporary total disability and temporary partial disability (also referred to as "wage-loss" temporary disability). But, let's talk about temporary partial disability today to answer your question. Click here for more information about temporary total disability

When workers get injured on the job, it can take some time to recover and to reach maximum medical improvement. In addition to rest, medications, physical therapy, and knowing your case is in good hands, there's one more thing that we've found that can speed up the recovery process: going back to work.

How? See how slowly getting back to work can actually help you recover.  

Since going back to work can help, many injured workers go back to work on the advice of their treating physician. The treating physician will assess your recovery and give you medical restrictions before going back to work - maybe working part-time, or performing a light-duty version of your job that will not put too much stress on you or aggravate your injury.  

If you're making less by working light-duty because of your injuries and your doctor's advice to only do light duty work, then you are eligible for temporary partial disability. That can be calculated every week or every two weeks depending on how often you are paid.  You should be receiving TPD benefits in addition to your light duty salary or hours.

But, of course, the laws are different in different states. And, it matters more when it comes to the compensation you stand to receive if you're injured at work and can only return by doing light duty.

Is the insurance adjuster telling you which doctor you can see or where to get your medical care?  Confused about which state you should file workers' compensation benefits in, and what your rights are? Fed up with that nurse case manager who shows up at your doctors appointments?

Give us a call at 202-393-3320 to get answers to your questions, and to get started on getting the help you need to recover today.  

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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