If you are injured at work by no fault of your own, you want the workman's compensation benefits you are entitled to. Unfortunately, despite doing your best to prove your case, your compensation claim might be denied. If this occurs, appealing the decision is the best option to help you cover your medical bills and lost wages.
Here are a few tips to help you file an appeal, if your workman's compensation claim is denied.
Understand Why Your Workman's Compensation Claim Was Denied
After a workman's compensation claim is denied, you will receive a letter explaining why you did not receive any benefits. There are several reasons why a workman's compensation claim is denied, including:
The reason for the denial could be something as simple as a missed signature or forgetting to file the right paperwork in time.
Contact an Attorney
No matter what the reason your claim was denied, an attorney can help you determine the steps you need to take to receive compensation. For example, if there isn't sufficient evidence to support your claim the injury occurred at work or that you didn't follow the work restrictions provided by a physician after the injury occurred, your attorney can help you get the proof you need to support your claim and fight with you until you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
File an Appeal
Finally, if the reasons for the denial cannot be quickly resolved through your employer or their insurance provider, your attorney can help you file an appeal. The laws regarding appealing a workman's compensation denial vary by state and will require you to file the necessary paperwork in a timely fashion. If you miss any deadlines or do not provide the evidence you need to support your claims, such as eyewitness testimony that the injury occurred at work and documentation from your physician regarding the injury, you could lose your appeal.
If your workman's compensation claim is denied, contacting a worker's compensation attorney and potentially filing an appeal are necessary to receive the benefits you deserve.Share
3 May 2019
My name is Noni. When I was in college, I was hit by a car while crossing the street. My life was never in danger, but I did break a few bones and had a lot of huge medical bills. I was hoping I wouldn't have to get involved with an attorney, but unfortunately, it came down to that. I used a family friend who is an accident attorney to get some compensation. A few years later, I was hit while riding my bike and had to go through the same process. I suppose I'm lucky to be alive. And it's thanks to accident attorneys that I have been able to put my life back together. I started this blog as a way to let others know just how much lawyers can help you in certain situations.