man in blue jumpsuit standing in front of doorway while working as a laborerThe Workers Compensation Insurance Can Deny Your Claim At Any Time

As workers comp lawyers in Washington, D.C., we see workers compensation denials all the time - and many times, the insurance company doesn’t have a good reason to issue a denial of benefits or medical treatment.  Other times, the person who suffered an injury at work doesn’t understand the D.C. workers comp system, laws and regulations, and ends up hurting his claim for benefits. 

So if you've been seriously injured on the job in DC, like most injured workers, you're probably going through the workers comp insurance process for the first time. 

You may not know what to expect. You may be wondering if you can trust your insurance adjuster - you know she works for the insurance company and her job is to limit the amount of disability benefits or medical treatment you receive for your work related injury. 

Plus, the workers comp insurance adjuster has handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury claims.  You’ve only got one.

You're getting benefits now, but your insurance adjuster may be dropping hints about what might happen if you don't follow her directives. Such as, get seen by the insurance doctor. Or give her access to your full medical history. Or get treatment from a “Workman’s Clinic” she sends you to.

Filing a workers compensation claim can be stressful. It’s hard to think you are relying on your employer’s insurance carrier to obtain benefits.

How do you know the adjuster isn’t using the claims process to work at denying your claim right now?

After being hurt on the job, you're not sure of what your rights are, you’ve never had to research workers compensation laws and regulations before, and you don't want to lose your benefits. You have bills to pay. People to take care of. A livelihood to worry about.

Here Are Three Tips For Keeping Your Workers Compensation Benefits:

  1. Report your injury as soon as possible, at least within 30 days. If you don’t report your work injury right away and tell your supervisor that it happened on the job, you’re inviting the workers comp insurance company to deny your claim.  In any case, they need notice of the claim form within 30 days.
  2. See a reputable doctor for your medical care. In the District of Columbia, the law gives you the right to choose your own treating physician. Make sure you are getting the medical treatment you need for your injury or illness and that you are seeing the right type of specialist.
  3. Get an updated doctor’s note. You should get a note every time you see the doctor for your work injury. That disability slip or out of work note should indicate whether you can’t work at all or whether you can return to work with restrictions.

You Need An Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer To Be Your Guide

​There are a lot of steps you need to take to make sure your workers comp claim is not denied, and you are compensated for your lost wages and medical bills.  

Most people are worried about losing income after a workplace injury keeps them out of work. An experienced workers compensation attorney will provide financial stability and medical treatment while you can’t work so you can pay your bills and recover. 

With our workers compensation lawyers by your side, you don't have to worry about getting taken advantage of by the insurance company. We protect your rights and speak to the insurance company on your behalf. We take the worry and frustration out of the process. And we make it really easy to get started.

Speak To An Experienced DC Work Injury Claims Lawyer Today

Our law firm makes it really easy to get started. We guarantee that we will get you on the right track to protect your claim, your income, and others who are depending on you. 

We believe everyone has the power to stand up to the insurance company after a serious work injury. Let us guide you through the process so you can focus on getting better.

Call us at 202-393-3320 to schedule your free, confidential, no obligation consultation today. It's that easy to get started.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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Experienced DC Workers' Comp, Long Term Disability & Accident Lawyer