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District of Columbia Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured District of Columbia workers are paid without lenghth of time or cost limitations.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in District of Columbia -

  • The injured District of Columbia worker has the right to choose a treating physician. Once a worker chooses a treating physician they may not?? change physicians unless they have received approval from the employer’s insurance company or the Office of Worker’s Compensation. The medical treatment includes medical services, supplies, prosthetic devices and prescriptions. The medical services include treatment by a dentist, osteopath, podiatrist and chiropractor.

District of Columbia Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Special Note:
    • For injuries occurring on or after 4/16/99, temporary partial or permanent partial or permanent partial disability benefits will be limited to 500 weeks. Within 60 days of the expiration date, the claimant may petition for an extension of benefits up to 167 weeks beyond the 500-week cap.

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is not paid for the first 3 days of disability unless the disability exceeds 14 days.
    • Compensation is paid at the rate of 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage. Unless your employer controverts your right to compensation within 14 days after he has knowledge of the injury, the 1st installment of compensation becomes due on the 14th day and must be paid within 14 days after it is due.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • Workers are compensated at 66 2/3 of their wage for lost earnings.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $339 or 25% of State Average Weekly Wage and the maximum is $1,357 or 100% of State Average Weekly Wage.
    • The maximum period of payments is the duration of disability.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • Workers are compensated at 66 2/3 of their wage for lost earnings.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $339 or 25% of State Average Weekly Wage and the maximum is $1,357 or 100% of State Average Weekly Wage.
    • The maximum period of payments is the duration of disability.
    • Refer to above special note.


District of Columbia Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • A spouse can receive 50% of the employee's weekly wage and a spouse and child(ren) can receive 66 2/3% of the employee's weekly wage, with a minimum weekly benefit of $169.79 and a maximum weekly benefit of $679.17.
  • There is also a maximum burial allowance of $5,000.
  • Widow(er) receives a two-year lump sum upon remarriage and weekly benefits cease.
  • Children receive benefits until age 18, or beyond age 18 if physically or mentally disabled, or until age 23 if full-time students.


District of Columbia Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorneys are not allowed to take a fee unless that fee is approved by the Department of Employment Services.
  • No fee will be approved unless the attorney obtains some benefit for the injured worker.
  • Approved fees are limited to 20% of the value of those compensation benefits.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://does.dc.gov/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537428.asp



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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