Worker Comp and Employers

How to Overcome a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Last Updat­ed on April 18, 2023 

As a lawyer who has han­dled sev­er­al work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cas­es, I have seen many claims being denied. It can be frus­trat­ing for the injured work­er who is count­ing on the com­pen­sa­tion to cov­er their med­ical bills and lost wages. In this arti­cle, I will pro­vide you with a step-by-step guide on how to over­come a denied work­ers’ comp claim.

Reasons for Denied Workers’ Comp Claims: Understanding Your Rights

Employ­ers and insur­ance com­pa­nies are always look­ing for rea­sons to deny a work­ers’ comp claim. Here are some of the com­mon rea­sons why your claim may have been denied:

  • Fail­ure to report the injury on time
  • Lack of med­ical evi­dence to sup­port the injury
  • The injury occurred out­side of work
  • The injury was caused by your own neg­li­gence or misconduct
  • The employ­er dis­putes the claim

It is impor­tant to note that just because your claim was denied, it does not mean that you do not have a valid claim. You have the right to appeal the deci­sion and fight for the com­pen­sa­tion you deserve.

Appeal Process: How to Fight a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim

To appeal a denied work­ers’ comp claim, fol­low these steps:

  1. Review the deci­sion and gath­er evi­dence: Care­ful­ly read the deci­sion let­ter to under­stand the rea­son for the denial. Gath­er all the med­ical reports and evi­dence that sup­port your claim. 
  2. File a claim appeal: File an appeal with your state’s work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion agency. The appeal process varies from state to state, so make sure you fol­low the cor­rect procedures. 
  3. Attend the hear­ing: You will be giv­en a hear­ing date where you will present your case to a work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion judge. Bring all the evi­dence you have gath­ered to sup­port your claim. 
  4. Wait for the deci­sion: The judge will make a deci­sion based on the evi­dence pre­sent­ed at the hear­ing. If you win the appeal, you will be award­ed the com­pen­sa­tion you deserve. 
  5. Con­sid­er hir­ing a lawyer: If you are not com­fort­able nav­i­gat­ing the appeal process on your own, con­sid­er hir­ing a lawyer who spe­cial­izes in work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cases. 

Remem­ber, you have the right to appeal a denied work­ers’ comp claim. By fol­low­ing the cor­rect pro­ce­dures and pre­sent­ing your case with sol­id evi­dence, you may be able to get the com­pen­sa­tion you deserve.

Being injured on the job is stress­ful enough with­out hav­ing to fight for your work­ers’ comp claim. By under­stand­ing your rights and fol­low­ing the appeal process, you can increase your chances of get­ting the com­pen­sa­tion you need. If you need legal assis­tance, call us at 844–682‑0999.

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  1. “Top 10 Mis­takes to Avoid When Fil­ing a Work­ers’ Comp Claim”
  2. “What to Do If Your Work­ers’ Comp Claim Is Denied”
  3. “The Impor­tance of Med­ical Evi­dence in a Work­ers’ Comp Claim”
  4. “Com­mon Myths About Work­ers’ Comp Claims”
  5. “How to Choose the Right Work­ers’ Comp Lawyer for Your Case”