If you suffer any type of injury on the job, there are two things you should immediately do. First, call for medical help and receive treatment and second, inform your employer about your accident and injuries.
Taking these steps does not guarantee that you can receive workers' compensation benefits, but they'll definitely put you on the right track.
Here are some of the primary reasons for a workers' compensation claim denial:
- You failed to report the injury to your employer on time
- You failed to file a claim on time
- Your employer disputes your workers' compensation claim, such as by stating that you did not suffer your injury at work
- You failed to seek medical attention in a timely manner
- You are suffering from an injury that is not compensable
- You are unable to prove that you were injured on the job
With so many possible reasons for a denial, you need to be careful about every step you take. In addition to understanding timelines, you should keep detailed notes to ensure that you can back up your statements and claims at all times.
If you receive a workers' compensation denial letter, don't wait to learn more about your legal rights.
In the letter, you'll come to find that there is a process for filing an appeal. If you're going to do this, make sure you follow the instructions down to every last detail.
By taking the necessary steps in filing an appeal, you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits in the future. Knowing your legal rights and the steps to take will put you in a much better place.