While it is not required to have a lawyer to collect workers’ compensation in Washington DC, it is most certainly to your benefit to have a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer by your side. Negotiating a workers’ compensation settlement, especially when dealing with a workplace injury or illness, is stressful and intimidating. Many people are hesitant to bring a claim against their employer because of potential blowback.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC will handle the burden of the claims process so you can focus on your recovery. Call today for a free consultation with a seasoned DC workers’ compensation attorney who has years of experience in the field and has secured millions for their clients.
Every DC employer, with very few exceptions, is required by law to obtain workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. If you are employed by a private business in Washington DC, you should be covered under workers’ compensation on the very first day of the job.
The workers’ compensation system was enacted in 1928 and designed to protect both the employer and the employee in the event of a workplace accident. The employer pays for the workers’ compensation coverage and, in return, the employee waives their rights to directly sue the employer for their injuries. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning the employee is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if the accident or injury was his or her fault.
This is where a Regan Zambri Long workers’ compensation lawyer will be helpful. It is an unfortunate fact that many employers do not want to spend the money and may try to pin the blame on the employee. With a workers’ compensation lawyer by your side, you will have a constant legal advocate to prove your case and secure compensation.
An employee who files for workers’ compensation benefits is fully protected under DC law. This means the employee cannot be fired, punished, or otherwise treated unfairly for filing a workers’ compensation claim and receiving weekly benefits. Unfortunately, our workers’ compensation lawyers have witnessed this kind of spiteful behavior from employers for years. The most common forms of employer retaliation are:
You need to know: this behavior is illegal and at Regan Zambri Long, we stand with the employee. If you suspect your employer is retaliating against you for filing a claim, take note of the treatment and call a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
Generally speaking, pre-existing conditions will not be covered under workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are cases where workplace conditions aggravate or accelerate pre-existing conditions that turn into worsening injuries or illnesses. These types of injuries and illnesses may be covered. For example, if you have a back injury such as a herniated disc, and a fall at work causes the injury to worsen, you may file a workers’ compensation claim.
These types of claims are often met with resistance and may be challenged by your employer, It is essential that you have a Regan Zambri Long workers’ compensation lawyer by your side. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will work with medical consultants to prove your pre-existing injury worsened because of a workplace accident. They will use:
If you have a pre-existing condition that was made worse by an accident at work, the Regan Zambri Long workers’ compensation lawyers are standing by. Call today for your free consultation.
The workers’ compensation system is complex and can get very tricky very quickly. While some injuries and illnesses are clean cut and visibly caused by a workplace accident, others are not so clear. It is very easy to feel powerless, especially when you’re already overwhelmed by a sudden injury or illness. Remember, you are not powerless and you have rights.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have secured millions for our clients and will work tirelessly to do the same for you. We understand we cannot change what happened to you, but we will fight to secure the compensation you deserve following a workplace accident. Call today or use our online form for a free case evaluation.