Your Washington, DC, Workers’ Comp Lawyer
When you’ve been injured on the job, dealing with workers’ compensation insurance can be one of your biggest headaches. Workers’ comp insurance representatives often hound injured workers, doing their best to convince them to accept treatment that isn’t helping or trying to deny payment for treatments that they desperately need in order to make a full recovery.
If you’ve suffered an injury and are struggling to deal with workers’ comp, it can help to have experienced legal counsel by your side instead of trying to navigate the system on your own. Contact experienced workers’ compensation insurance lawyer Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm today at (202) 331-0600 to learn more about how we might be able to help.
Getting the Results You Need
We know how frustrating it can be to deal with workers’ comp. You rely on workers’ comp funds to pay your bills and facilitate your recovery from your workplace injury. When we represent clients in workers’ compensation cases, we aim to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. In past cases, we have helped clients receive full compensation for the medical care they received after their injuries, including both immediate care and ongoing care needs. We’ve also made sure that clients were able to receive the workers’ compensation pay to which they were entitled while recovering from their injuries.
Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries
At the Abelson Law Firm, we have helped our clients recover workers’ compensation for a variety of injuries received on the job. Some of the more common include:
- Slipping and falling on a job site
- Head, back, and neck injuries from lifting
- Auto accidents in company vehicles
- Construction accidents, such as crushing injuries and accidental amputations
In most cases when a worker is injured on the job, chances are workers’ compensation insurance bears at least part of the responsibility for paying the costs of your recovery. The Abelson Law Firm can often help ensure that you receive every penny you deserve from workers’ comp.
When Does Workers’ Compensation Insurance Kick In?
Workers’ comp exists to help employers provide for employees who have been injured on the job. When you’ve been injured due to your daily job responsibilities and through no fault of your own—namely, you weren’t goofing off on the job or ignoring important safety procedures—it’s the responsibility of workers’ compensation to ensure that you have the funds you need to cover your medical expenses and a portion of your salary following the accident. Even if no one was technically “at fault” for your accident, if you were injured while you were on the clock, workers’ compensation is there to help you pay those bills—and your company is legally required to provide that help.
What Kinds of Costs Does Workers’ Comp Typically Cover?
When you’re injured on the job, it’s important to know what type of compensation you can expect workers’ compensation to pay. In some cases, the full compensation you’re able to receive may depend on how long you’ve been with the company, the type of injury you’ve experienced, and how long you’ll be off work while you’re recovering. However, there are several key benefits that workers can usually expect to be paid out following an on-the-job injury. These include:
- Payment of any medical bills that occur as a result of your accident. This includes both immediate and emergency medical bills during your initial treatment as well as the cost of surgeries, future visits with your doctor, and more.
- Physical therapy as recommended by your doctors while you’re recovering from your accident.
- A portion of your salary during the period of time you spend recovering.
- A settlement amount if you are declared permanently disabled as a result of your injury. The amount of this settlement may depend on several factors, including the amount of your disability and how long you’ve been with the company.
In some cases, a dispute may arise about the nature and extent of your workplace injuries, and what kinds of medical care you should receive for them. You may have the right to a second medical opinion in that case, but the rules can be complicated. That is why it can be important to have a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer navigate the process with you so that you’re able to receive the right treatment for your injury without having to pay expensive medical costs out of your own pocket. A lawyer can also help you avoid unintentionally giving up your right to seek second opinions and alternative treatments.
How Does Workers’ Comp Try to Avoid Paying?
In many cases, it can feel like pulling teeth to try to get payments out of workers’ comp. They may try to argue that your injuries aren’t as severe as you’re claiming, that your disability is based on previous conditions, or that your injury was the result of your own negligence or reckless behavior. Working with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help you push back against these attempts by the workers’ comp carrier to avoid responsibility.
In some cases, workers’ compensation insurers may also work with specific doctors whose goal is to minimize your injury as much as possible, so that the insurer can save money on your claim. You may find yourself struggling to have your injury properly identified and treated or need to deal with several different doctors for injuries to different parts of your body. Working with a lawyer can help you avoid shady doctors and assert your right to receive the care you need.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
We understand that when you’re dealing with workers’ compensation, chances are, money is already tight. At The Abelson Law Firm, we offer a free consultation to discuss your legal options. In appropriate cases, we may also agree to represent a client on a “contingent fee” basis in which the client pays little or nothing up front and our fees are paid only out of a final settlement or judgment.
Washington, D.C., Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you’ve been injured on the job, especially if you’re struggling with workers’ compensation to get the funds you’re due as a result of your accident, contact us today at (202) 331-0600 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.