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Workers’ compensation and your right to appeal a denial

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Workers’ Compensation

While some job duties or workplaces are inherently dangerous, one does not need to be in a high-risk industry to suffer a work-related injury. In fact, any work environment could be a setting for a mild or serious workplace injury. As such, employees should understand what rights and options they have following an on-the-job injury.

This likely unexpected event may have them unprepared to manage the matter beyond getting the medical care necessary and take time off from work to heal. This is where workers’ compensation benefits can be extremely beneficial. This not only considers the cause and any liability of the incident, but it also helps the employee recover compensation to address lost wages, medical bills and any other related costs.

Filing for workers’ compensation

At Landrum & Shouse LLP, our law firm understands that filing for workers’ compensation is not an easy process to begin or navigate for an injured employee. Our attorneys are experienced in workers’ compensation cases and have helped our client with the development of an effective strategy to obtain the workers’ comp benefits they are owed.

After reporting your work injury to your employer, it is important to initiate your claim. With a legal professional on your side, they can help you ensure the process is followed and the necessary details and evidence is provided. Unfortunately, our law firm has seen firsthand that not all workers’ compensation claims are approved. Thus, it is important to consider the possibility of denial and an understanding of the appeals process.

Denial and appeals

Each workers’ compensation claim is unique to the individual filing it. Thus, the reason for a denial is also unique to their situation and claim filed. In some cases, the reason for denial could be for a minor reason, such as missing information. However, other reasons can be for complex and complicated reasons.

Whether it is a question of the injury being work-related, the timing of the injury report, inconsistences with medical records and the claim or issues with the evidence or the employer’s response, you have the right to file an appeal.

The appeals process can be complex, making it imperative that you consider your options, the various levels of the process and your rights. A legal professional can help you understand your situation, process and rights, allowing you to make a well informed decision when it comes to filing a claim or moving forward with an appeal.