You would be shocked to realize that many people who initiate a legitimate workers’ compensation claim are denied the first time out. If you are injured on the job, whether by a trauma, work-related injury or an illness, you most likely have the eligibility to file a workers’ compensation claim in your state.
However, if the claim is denied, you will need to take specific legal action to protect your eligibility to file an appeal. Ignoring this and assuming your case is over with could be a big mistake, particularly if you would be dependent on the benefits provided by the workers’ comp claim.
You will receive a letter after your workers’ compensation claim has been denied and this will advise you of any further action you may need to take. There is a time limit for responding to such a letter and you need to take action quickly by scheduling a meeting with a lawyer.
Some of the most common reasons that workers’ compensation claims are denied have to do with failing to make the claim on time. You need to report the claim immediately and notify your employer as soon as possible after the accident has happened. Another common reason your workers’ compensation claim could be denied is that employer disputes the claim. In many cases, the insurance company or your employer will look for any possible reason to deny your workers’ compensation claim. This is because, for an employer, greater liability and higher insurance in expenses may be tied to an approved workers’ compensation claim.
The first step after you have been denied is to contact the insurance carrier to discuss your claim denial. If it was a simple clerical mistake, this matter could likely be cleared up over the phone. However, there is a good chance that you’ll need to go through the appeals process with the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can advise you further about your specific rights and what you need to do to fight back against the insurance company.
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