At ChasenBoscolo, we know that filing a workers’ compensation claim can be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to protect the rights of those who’ve been hurt on the job. After a work-related injury, your employer will turn your claim over to their workers’ compensation representative or insurance company. Remember that this representative works for your employer…not you. It’s important to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not a do-it-yourself kind of thing. When dealing with the insurance company, you can get in over your head and make mistakes that can cost you money, medical benefits…maybe even your job. Don’t do it yourself. Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll fight for the compensation you deserve, and with our No Fee Guarantee®, you don’t pay us unless we get benefits for you. If you’ve been hurt on the job in the Washington, D.C., area, choose ChasenBoscolo. We’re Lawyers that Care.
If you have questions about your work injury, our Washington, D.C., workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help. Contact ChasenBoscolo 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—just dial (800) 322-3380 or complete our free contact request form today.
Steps to Take After a Work Injury
Taking the following steps after your work injury can help strengthen your workers’ compensation claim:
- Notify your employer.
You should notify your employer immediately after your injury or when you discover a connection between your injury or illness and the work you do. In Washington, D.C., and Virginia, you have up to 30 days to notify your employer. In Maryland, you must notify your employer within 10 days of your injury.
- File your workers’ compensation claim.
A statute of limitations—or legal deadline—limits the amount of time you have to file for workers’ compensation benefits. File your claim as soon as possible to protect your rights.
- Get medical treatment.
Don’t delay getting the care you need to protect your health and prevent further injuries. Medical records serve as important evidence for your claim. Your prior medical history, the accident description and your doctors’ diagnoses and opinions are very important.
- Keep detailed records.
Keep copies of your medical records, paperwork from your employer and any receipts for expenses related to your injuries or medical treatment—such as transportation costs. Write down contact information for anyone who witnessed your accident, and keep a journal of your injuries and how they affect your daily life.
- Contact an attorney.
Statutes of limitations—or legal deadlines—restrict the amount of time you have to file a workers’ compensation claim. Generally, injured workers in Washington, D.C., have one year to file a workers’ compensation claim, while injured workers in Virginia have two years. In Maryland, injured workers have one year, although the state makes a distinction between injuries and illnesses. Employees suffering from occupational illnesses have up to two years after the discovery of an illness to file claims. These time limits are subject to change and may vary based on the facts of your case, so don’t wait to get help with your workers’ compensation claim. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible can help protect your rights to seek benefits.
- Follow rehabilitation and vocational training guidelines.
Depending on your injuries, you may be assigned work restrictions, a nurse case manager and/or a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have different guidelines, and it’s important to make sure you understand and follow these rules to remain eligible for benefits.
At ChasenBoscolo, we know that no two workers’ compensation claims are the same. Our legal team is available day or night to connect you with the workers’ compensation resources you need to move forward with your life.
Do’s and Don’ts of Workers’ Compensation Claims & Benefits
When you’ve been hurt on the job, there are several things you should and shouldn’t do to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Do report your accident and injuries to your employer—including who else was involved and how the accident occurred.
- Do visit a doctor—even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. Some injuries take time to present themselves.
- Do keep records of your medical expenses, doctor visits, missed days from work and medication costs. Also, keep notes of your recovery process and take pictures of your injuries.
- Do contact a Washington, D.C., workers’ compensation lawyer at ChasenBoscolo to discuss your claim by completing a free contact request form or by calling (800) 322-3380.
- Don’t sign anything from your employer or the insurance company without first speaking to ChasenBoscolo.
- Don’t provide a recorded statement to the insurance company. You can tell them no.
- Don’t discuss your accident or injuries with anyone else, including your co-workers.
- Don’t talk about your accident on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media or post pictures of your injuries.
If you have any questions about your workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to ask. Our Washington, D.C., workers’ compensation attorneys are here to discuss your case and explain your options. We’ll take the time to get to know you, listen to your case, plan a solution and explain how we’re going to fight for you every step of the way.
You don’t have to handle this alone. Let us help.