Accomplished Workers’ Compensation Appeals Lawyers in Washington, D.C. Advocate for Employees
Determined District of Columbia attorneys fight workers’ compensation denials
District of Columbia employers have a duty to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, but, unfortunately, claims can be denied, putting injured workers at risk. At the law firm of May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C., we help injured workers to appeal insufficient decisions from the Office of Workers’ Compensation. With an in-depth knowledge of the legal protections and benefits workers are entitled to, we aggressively pursue lost wage reimbursement and medical care coverage for our clients in the D.C. area and Maryland. Our lawyers are professional, reliable and focused on your best interest when you suffer an on-the-job injury or illness.
How do I appeal a workers’ comp decision?
In Washington, D.C., either an employee or the employer may appeal the original decision of the Office of Workers’ Compensation. You may want to appeal the decision if you were offered fewer benefits than you think you are entitled to, or if your claim was denied outright.
There are several steps to appealing a workers’ compensation decision:
- Informal conference — After your claim is denied, or granted with inadequate benefits, you can request an informal conference with a claims examiner from the Office of Workers’ Compensation. During the conference, the examiner will try to mediate an agreement with your employer’s insurance company and issue a recommendation for terms of compensation within 30 days of the conference.
- Formal hearing — Instead of requesting an informal conference, or after a conference that leads to a poor outcome, you can file an Application for Formal Hearing with the Administrative Hearings Division. At the hearing, which will generally be scheduled for a time within 90 days of your request, an Administrative Law Judge will review the evidence of your case and will ask to hear from you and your employer. Because your employer will likely hire an attorney, it is wise to have an attorney on your side as well. After the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge has 20 days to issue a Compensation Order.
- Compensation Review Board — If you are dissatisfied with the Compensation Order, you have 30 days to request a review from the Compensation Review Board. A panel of judges on this board will review your case and issue a final decision.
- Court of Appeals — If the final decision from the Compensation Review Board is not in your favor, you have 30 days to file an appeal with the D.C. Court of Appeals. In search of a satisfactory benefits decision, an attorney can argue your case in court.
As an alternative to litigation in the Court of Appeals, after the Compensation Review Board issues its final decision, you can submit a request for consideration within 10 days of the decision. The board will then take another look at your case.
How long does a workers’ comp appeal take?
The length of the appeals process depends on how many steps you need to go through to obtain a resolution. It may take less than a month or several months. While you await a final outcome, you may be prevented from receiving the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and the many other expenses that pile up when you aren’t receiving income.
Advice from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be invaluable when you are denied the benefits you need while you’re out of work. Our law firm has helped workers throughout the D.C. area and Maryland to appeal workers’ compensation decisions and is prepared to assist you.
Contact a respected Washington, D.C. workers’ compensation appeals law firm today
Located in the District of Columbia, May Lightfoot, PLLC fights workers’ compensation claims denials in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call 202-919-6463 or contact us online.