D.C. Workers Comp Benefits Pay Up to $1,631.56 Per Week
For workers injured on the job in D.C. or working for a D.C. company, this is the maximum workers compensation rate you can receive every week. Under workers compensation law, all states have a maximum benefit rate, and D.C.'s highest rate is $293 to $436 higher than Maryland or Virginia.
If you are a high wage earner suffering after a workplace injury, you will get a lot more in tax free workers comp benefits every week.
In D.C. workers comp claims, you can also include your income from other jobs to increase your workers comp benefit rate, plus overtime, bonuses, differentials, tips, etc.
Our workers comp attorneys work with you every step of the way to make sure you are getting every penny of compensation you are entitled to.
Filing Your Workers Compensation Claim In The Right State Is Crucial
You should be filing your claim in the state where you were injured, and/or where you do most of your work. If you had an accident at work in Washington, DC it's critical that you file in DC because the compensation rate is higher than it would be in Virginia or Maryland.
If you file in the wrong state, under D.C. workers comp law, you won't be able to amend your claim to file in D.C., and you could end up losing over $20,000.00 a year in tax-free workers comp benefits if you file your claim in the wrong place.
This is a critical mistake you need to avoid - if you're not sure, call our work injury attorneys right now at (202) 393-3320 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your workers compensation benefits.
It's that important.
Don't trust the insurance company - they will push you to file your claim in the wrong place so they can pay you less. If you're not sure, don't sign anything or give a recorded statement until you contact us at 202-393-3320 so we can help you figure it out.
The Insurance Adjuster And Nurse Case Manager Are Not Here To Help You
Your insurance company is focused on limiting your benefits - paying you less, limiting the medical treatment you need, and not telling you everything you're entitled to after you get hurt at work. In DC, the insurance company will probably have to pay more, so they work harder to limit what you can get. That’s their job.
Some adjusters and nurses will come off as difficult and adversarial right away, and some will be genuinely very nice people. But no matter their personality or how they treat you, they all have hundreds of claim files and they all are focused on keeping the cost of what they pay you, or how much medical treatment they pay for, to an absolute minimum - that's what they are evaluated on.
This is why they do things like take recorded statements to use against you later, try to get a medical release so they have access to your entire medical history since birth, and try to get you to file in the wrong state. Speak to an attorney before you speak to your insurance adjuster. As experienced workers comp lawyers, we will be able to tell you what to look out for, what to do, and what not to do.
Honestly, sometimes a 10 minute call with a work injury lawyer in D.C. can prevent you from making a mistake that will cost you hundreds of dollars every single week you can't work because of an injury or illness.
Just give our workers compensation attorney a call at 202-393-3320 to make sure you are not making the critical mistakes we see all the time after a work injury.
6 Ways the Workers Comp Insurance Company Takes Advantage of You
- They will tell you to file in Maryland or Virginia rather than DC because it saves them money (and costs you and your family)
- They will ask you to give a recorded statement right after the injury when you are shaken up and possibly on painkillers, which they will later use against you to limit your benefits
- They will send you to a doctor who works for the insurance company (and they almost always find in favor of the insurance company)
- They will tell you that you have to go to a "Worker's Clinic" or panel physician for your medical treatment
- They will ask you to sign a medical release that gives them unlimited access to medical records that they will use to claim you had a pre-existing condition or injury
- They will put you under surveillance to catch you doing something they can interpret as violating doctor's orders or to say you're not really injured.
Need Surgery After Being Injured On The Job
The workers comp insurance company will be building a case against you with the eventual goal of finding a reason to deny your claim, or limit your benefits, especially if you have a serious workplace accident and need surgery. As a workers comp law firm, we've seen rotator cuff, meniscus, and back injury claims be denied once they are referred to surgery.
Plus, the insurance company will never tell you everything you may be entitled to for a permanent injury. You should have our workers comp team on your side to make sure that your case is in the best shape possible and ready to go to a hearing if your benefits are denied.
Speak To The Lawyer Who Wrote The Book For Injured Workers
Donahoe Kearney's Frank R. Kearney is the lawyer who wrote the book on workers comp. He's Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (about 1% of lawyers in this country have this distinction - it means they had significant trial experience, recommendations from judges and other lawyers just to apply, then they passed the all-day exam). That's important because in D.C. because unlike in other states, workers comp hearings are conducted just like a trial.
But most of all you'll get the absolute best client service from your very first call - and if we work with you, we'll explain how our Core Values govern everything we do.
Even if we can't help you or if you don't think we're right for you (we're different, we're not right for everyone) we'll give you a free copy of Mr. Kearney's book so you can have the information you need to make great decisions about your legal issues.
Our DC Workers Comp Attorneys Make It Easy To Get Started
We're easy to talk to. And our experienced workers' comp team does it all. One call and you never have to talk to the insurance company again.
But don't delay - you're in a complicated system with insurance company adjusters, lawyers, doctors, nurses, case managers all working against you behind the scenes to try to take advantage of what you don't know. That's their job. Waiting too long to get the advice, help and counsel you need from an attorney could really hurt your case. Contact us today at 202-393-3320.
Or to learn more about DC workers compensation, order our free book "Protect Your Rights, the Ultimate Guide to DC Workers' Compensation." Our guarantee is it will give you information you can use today.
We're here to guide you through this process after a work related injury in the District of Columbia and stand up to the insurance company. Call us today to get started.