The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
The workers’ compensation claims process varies depending on where your claim is filed. But whether you’re injured in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C., there are several steps you can expect during the claims process.
- Notifying Your Employer
Tell your supervisor, foreman or manager about your injury as soon as possible after the accident. He or she should give you an employee claim form to complete. Visit our What to Do When You’re Injured at Work page to find out other steps you should take after a work injury.
- Filing Your Claim
Complete the necessary paperwork to submit a claim in your state. At ChasenBoscolo, we handle workers’ compensation claims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., every day, and our workers’ compensation lawyers can help ensure your paperwork is complete, accurate and filed on time.
- Attending Your Independent Medical Exam (IME)
Insurance companies and employers often request an IME, or a “second opinion” from a doctor of their choosing. The doctor hired to complete your exam may report your injuries are less severe than they really are, but our worker’s compensation attorneys can fight to ensure your side of the story gets heard.
- Appearing for Your Deposition
Depositions are statements made under oath that can be used as evidence in a hearing. In many cases, insurers or employers request depositions to get a clear idea of how your injury happened and how you’re affected.
- Attend a Hearing
If the insurance company denies your claim, we will request a hearing on your behalf. At the hearing, we will present evidence and you will testify.
- Receiving a Claims Decision
A decision will be issued based on a number of factors—such as your testimony, the medical evidence, IME results and your employer’s evidence.
- Appealing Your Decision
If you were denied benefits or you disagree with the decision, you can file an appeal. Our workman’s compensation lawyers are familiar with the appeals process in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and we will fight to get the lost wages, medical care and other benefits to which you are entitled.
What to Do If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied
Don’t panic if your workers’ compensation claim gets denied. You may still be eligible for benefits. At ChasenBoscolo, we can review your denial, check your paperwork and medical evidence for accuracy and completeness and request a hearing or appeal on your behalf.
Whether you made an error on your claims paperwork or an IME doctor unfairly disputed your condition, we can assist you. Our workers’ compensation attorneys know how to successfully pursue claims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.