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.
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
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.