If you are injured on the job, you don't want to waste any time filing for workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, there is more to this than meets the eye. Although it sounds simple, there are challenges and roadblocks to contend with.
There are many steps to take if your workers' compensation claim has been denied.
First things first, you need to find out why this happened. More specifically, were you the culprit or was it your employer who slowed things down?
If you failed to file your claim in time, you may be stuck in regards to receiving benefits.
Conversely, if your employer is fighting back, such as by saying that you weren't injured on the job, you have more options.
Once you know the cause of the denial, it's time to file an appeal. Take the time to read your denial letter from start to finish, learning more about your situation and what you need to do moving forward.
Note: The letter will be clear as to what's expected of you and the timeframe that you must work within.
If you feel that you should be receiving workers' compensation benefits, you don't want to give up until this happens. You are in a bad spot, due to a workplace injury, and you need to be compensated until you are able to return to your job.
Although nobody wants to file an appeal, it may be something you have to do. If you're confused, you can contact your state's workers' compensation office as well as a legal professional who can provide advice.
Source: FindLaw, "Workers' Comp Denied? Here Are Your Next Steps," accessed Nov. 29, 2016