Let's face it: after a serious work injury you have to be focused on your recovery, health, and medical treatment. Instead, you're worried and stressed about losing 1/3 of your pay, being denied medical treatment, and losing your job. You think you can trust your employer, and then you discover that you can't necessarily do that.
And you feel overwhelmed because the workers' comp adjuster seems to know exactly what he/she is doing (has way more experience than you do - they deal with hundreds of cases every week), and you've never been through this before. And the adjuster tells you, without good reason, that your claim is being denied; which means no money, no medical treatment. What are you supposed to do now?
You only have one case.
You only have one shot to get your case off on the right foot.
Here are a few things NOT to do:
1) Do NOT give a recorded statement That will be used to deny or delay your benefits based on a high school sports injury or some other nonsennse they ask you about;
2) Do NOT sign any medical release forms. That will give them access to every doctor's visit you've had since birth, and divulge family history and other personal details that have nothing to do with a torn rotator cuff, for example.
3) Do NOT sign any or file a claim form. After an injury in DC, they may send you a Maryland claim form to sign "so we can start paying you." But filing in the wrong jurisdiction could cost you hundreds of dollars every single week).
Just do one thing.
Download a copy of our quick, easy to read guide on D.C. workers' compensation 5 Mistakes That Will Absolutely Kill Your Workers Compensation Case. It's available right here on our website, and it's free.
What if you've already done some of these things? Call us and we will talk it through with you - we set up times every week to answer questions about workers' compensation and serious injuries. But that time is limited, so call today (202) 393 - 3320.
If you call, we'll also send you a copy of the only book on D.C. workers compensation written by a Board-Certified, practicing workers'compensation lawyer, a $39.68 value. This book answers almost every question about this difficult and sometimes confusing workers' comp system and laws in D.C., this has proven to be a great resource for many workers' hurt on the job.
If you are dealing with DC workers' comp, you can't afford NOT to read this book. Give us a call today at 202-393-3320.