In D.C. workers compensation, you have 30 days from the date of your on the job injuty to notify your company. There are certain circumstances that may extend this.
But there is no reason to wait.
If you're hurt at work in D.C., tell your supervisor, boss or HR as soon as you can.
It's not enough to just tell a co-worker. And it's not enough to just tell your supervisor that your back is hurting, or your arm is bothering you, etc.
You need to tell a supervisor two basic things after an injury at work:
- The fact that you were injured
- It happened at work
That's pretty basic, but a lot of people think their company already knows, or that it's OK because a co-worker saw you get hurt, or that it will get better soon, so you can just wait.
If your employer has a form, fill it out so there is a written record.
The bottom line is that giving proper notice of an injury at work will help with workman's compensation.
Remember, adjusters are trained to be skeptical - they are looking for ways to deny or delay your medical treatment and benefits.
And if you don't tell anyone about your injury at work for 3 weeks, they will take advantage of that. And you'll pay the price.
There are also forms to file with the Office of Workers Compensation - your company does not file these for you. We have these at our office and can email or send them to you. Just call us at (202) 393 - 3320 or send an email to [email protected] and we can get them out to you right away.
After a serious injury at work in D.C., you want to focus on your medical treatment, recovery and getting better. Don't make things harder on yourself with workman's comp.