When you file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, you hope to receive your first payment in the near future.
While this may happen, you always have to concern yourself with a denial.
If your claim for workers' compensation is denied, the first thing you should do is find out why. This will give you a better idea of the steps you need to take next.
Here are some of the most common reasons for a workers' compensation claim denial:
- You did not report the injury in time. If you suffer any type of on the job injury, you need to report it to your company as soon as possible (ideally the same day).
- You did not file a claim in time. You don't have an endless amount of time to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
- Your employer disputes the claim. The most common reason for this is an employer that believes you did not suffer the injury on the job.
- You did not receive medical treatment. If you want to receive workers' compensation benefits, you need to obtain medical treatment from a qualified professional.
It doesn't matter why your workers' compensation claim was denied, you need to know what you can do about it.
With your denial letter in hand, you'll have a clear idea of how to file an appeal. Follow the process down to every last detail to ensure that you're in position to receive an approval the next time around.
Although filing a workers' compensation appeal is never easy, you don't want to give up easily. You have the right to receive money, and you should do whatever it takes to receive what you deserve.
If you are lucky, you will never suffer an on the job injury. If this does happen, you hope to be able to receive workers' compensation benefits.
In the event of a denial, formulate a plan for appealing the decision with the idea of having it overturned in the near future.