Are you running out of time on your workers' comp claim?

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Posted on Jul 02, 2020


Workers compensation deadlines can apply to every aspect of the

injured worker's claim (all levels of disability) 

This is a story of an injured worker who waited too long. This injured worker is out of time because her workers comp lawyer didn't file her case by the state's deadline.  She waited until the last minute, then was hospitalized and couldn't file the case within the time frame. 

Workers compensation is governed by a statute that applies to all cases - and the law, rules and regulations that govern injuries at work are often unforgiving if they are not followed.

It shows how important it is to have an experienced attorney represent you for any serious injury - whether its an injury at work, due to a car accident or because of medical malpractice by a doctor, hospital or HMO.  All of these cases have specific deadlines, statutes of limitations and regulations that differ by type of case and jurisdiction. 

The SOL will differ in case types, and in geographic locations (jurisdictions like DC, Maryland and Va. all have different laws on this). For medical malpractice the SOL will run out in 2 or 3 years, generally speaking. Click here for more information about that. For workers' comp the SOL in Washington, DC will run out one year after the injury happened, or after the employer became aware of the injury. Virginia and Maryland have different rules. Click for more information on workers' comp. The SOL for personal injury (car accident or otherwise) is three years. Click here for more information personal injury.

Want to learn more about motor vehicle accidents? Click here. Workers' comp? Clickhere. Medical malpractice? Click here.

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Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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