Hurt on the Job? Our Attorneys Discuss Workers Compensation

By Peter DePaolis

When you are injured at work or develop an occupational disease, such as carpal tunnel or asbestos-related injuries, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

How Workers’ Compensation Works

If you are injured on the job, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is established by state law. Every state’s workers’ compensation procedure is different.

The Washington metropolitan area is made up of three jurisdictions:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Determining which jurisdiction to file your claim depends on a variety of factors, including where the injury occurred and where the employer is located.

Benefits of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is designed to provide injured workers monetary benefits and medical treatment for job-related injuries in lieu of the injured worker filing a lawsuit against the employer.

Workers compensation benefits typically include the following:

  • Disability benefits (employee cannot work due to job-related injuries)
  • Medical treatment
  • Vocational rehabilitation (employee cannot return to his former occupation)
  • Benefits for the family of a worker killed on the job

If You Have Suffered From an Injury Sustained at Work

If you are injured on the job, contact our Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia injury attorneys at (202) 659-5500 or visit our website for a review of your case.

Tip of the Week: To avoid workplace accidents, keep equipment maintained, make sure you are prepared in emergency situations and ensure employees are properly trained.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & Depaolis L.L.P. 

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.