If you file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, you hope to receive your first payment in the near future. In the event of a denial, it's important to learn more about your legal rights and the type of action you can take.
There are many reasons for a workers' compensation claim denial, including the following:
- You did not file the claim in time
- You did not report the injury to your employer in time
- Your employer disputes the claim for some reason
- You have suffered a non-compensable injury
- You did not receive the appropriate medical care after the injury
These are not the only potential reasons for a workers' compensation denial, but they are the most common.
The steps you take after a denial depends on what you hope to happen. If you're okay with missing out on workers' compensation benefits, you can simply move on.
However, if you think that you should receive benefits, it's important to fight back. Step one is reading your denial letter from beginning to end. This will give you a clear idea of why you were denied, as well as the steps you can take to appeal the decision.
If you want to appeal your denial, follow the instructions outlined in the letter. Collect and provide as much evidence as possible to back up your stance.
Even though a workers' compensation denial can be a stressful situation, it doesn't mean you can't fight back. If you suffered an injury at work and qualify for benefits, don't let anything stop you from getting the money you deserve.