Understand the pluses and minuses of seeking workers’ compensation benefits in Washington D.C., Virginia or Maryland
In the Washington, D.C. area, many people perform services in more than one state. Many people also work in one state even though their employer is located in another state, but also they may work in one jurisdiction while the employer is located elsewhere. The workers’ compensation laws differ considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and many of these are confusing. It is generally thought that the District of Columbia provides the most liberal benefits for injured persons. Of course there are advantages and disadvantages for seeking benefits in either Washington, D.C., Virginia, or Maryland.
If there is a choice of jurisdiction, the pluses and minuses of the various benefits have to be evaluated to determine where one should file a workers’ compensation case. The preference for selecting a jurisdiction includes the method of calculating average weekly wage required in each jurisdiction, permanent partial disability rate, seriousness of the injury, the maximum or minimum compensation rate allowed, and the interpretation of compensation laws for issues that arise in the case. If there is a dispute as to jurisdiction, the factors to be considered by Commissioners or Administrative Law Judges are:
- where the accident occurred
- where the business is located
- where the claimant resides
- where the claim is initially filed and accepted
- the percentage of work performed in each jurisdiction
- where the claimant was initially hired
Washington DC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Attorney Eric May handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Contact his office today to receive the best workers’ compensation and personal injury counsel and representation available.