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If you are injured on the job in Washington, D.C., you may be looking at an uncertain future. Depending on the nature of the injury, you may be permanently disabled. You may be unable to work in a job that you might have performed for years.
- Do I Have a Right to Workers’ Compensation?
- What is a Third Party Claim?
- When Do I Need an Attorney?
The Washington, D.C attorneys at Slocumb Law Firm understand how overwhelming and frightening a workplace accident can be. That’s what drives us to work hard every day on behalf of clients.
Do I Have a Right to Workers’ Compensation?
In Washington, D.C., employers with at least one employee must purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage. If an employee is injured on the job, the workers’ comp insurance will pay medical expenses and about two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage.
If you are injured at work and someone other than your employer is negligent, you may have grounds to file a claim against that third party. In such cases, you still may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but you also may be eligible for compensation above and beyond the standard comp claim. You may need to file a lawsuit against the third party to recover damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses related to the accident. When a third party is involved in a work accident, you may be entitled to recover substantially more compensation than you would when pursuing a standard workers’ comp claim.
It’s always a smart idea to schedule a free consultation with a Washington, DC work accident attorney to explore your options. While some minor work injuries might not require an attorney, many cases can become complicated. While the system might sound straightforward, claims sometimes are denied by employers or their insurance companies. Disputes also can arise between an injured worker and his or her employers.
An attorney can investigate the circumstances of your accident. You may not realize that you have grounds to recover compensation from a negligent third-party. If this is the case, as noted above, you may be entitled to recover compensation above standard workers’ comp benefits.
To learn more about how a lawyer can help with your work accident claim, call Slocumb Law Firm immediately or complete the free consultation forms on this page. Don’t wait to take action. A delay may affect your rights.