What You Need To Know To Successfully File Your Work Injury Claim in D.C.
After an work injury in Washington, D.C you need some basic information in order to successfully file your claim for worker's compensation benefits.
First, you need to know that no one can file your worker's compensation claim without you signing the proper forms. Many people think that the insurance company or their employer can file the claim for them or that it is enough to report the claim to the insurance company, but that’s not how it works in DC.
All claims need to be filed with the D.C. Office of Worker’s Compensation. We make it easy for our clients because we have all of the forms and paperwork ready for our clients to sign and then we file it all for them. That filing is what protects your ability to get worker's comp benefits in the future.
You Have The Right To Choose Your Own Treating Physician After A Work Injury in D.C.
Once you file your claim, the insurance company will want certain information from you. It’s important to know that there is no requirement that you give the insurance company a recorded interview or statement (we do not recommend this) and remember you have the right to choose your own treating physician in DC.
Unlike in Maryland or Virginia, you don't have to choose a dcotor from an insurance company panel or list of approved physicians and you don’t have to go to a specific doctor or clinic that the insurance company recommends - no matter what the insurance company adjuster tells you.
Calculate Your Worker's Compensation Benefits On ALL Of Your Income
One of the things you will want to do early in the worker's compensation process is to obtain paystubs for the past 26 weeks right before your injury. While your employer and the insurance company should have these, you need to make sure that the calculation of your average weekly wage is correct and includes all overtime, bonuses, and any other jobs you held at the time you got hurt, because this calculation affects your benefit rate.
The other thing you will need is a note from your doctor indicating you cannot work or have restrictions and limitations due to your injury. Many times you can get this before you leave the doctors office and before the report is ready.
If You Have Questions About D.C. Worker's Compensation, You Should Speak With An Experienced D.C. Work Injury Attorney
Speak with the attorney who literally wrote the book on worker's compensation - it's the only book written just for injured workers in D.C. and exposes all the tricks and tactics the insurance company uses to delay and deny legitimate work injury claims. Let us help guide you through the process to stand up to the insurance company and get the medical treatment and financial benefits you and your family deserve. Call us today at 202-393-3320 to speak with a real person who wants to hear your story. Our guarantee is that we will give you some information the same day you can use. Give us a call before you speak to an insurance adjuster or nurse case manager to protect your income and your future.