Many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied. The reasons vary but the result is the same — no benefits. Medical services, wage replacement and disability payments are disbursed through an insurance claim process. You may have to wait and fight for your rights to receive full benefits due under the policy carried by your employer, including filing an appeal.
If your employer or the employer’s insurance carrier denies your claim, you are entitled to a hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Law Judge. While you do not need an attorney to file a workers’ comp claim, you are more likely to achieve a satisfactory if you have experienced legal representation. Keep these points in mind:
Your request for a hearing must be made in a timely manner. Check with your attorney for the deadline to file your request.
At the hearing you may present testimony and medical or other evidence to support your claim.
If the Workers’ Compensation Law Judge finds your claim to be valid, he or she will determine the amount of compensation and duration of your benefits.
While the workers’ compensation appeal process is frustrating and sometimes lengthy, it provides an often-successful path to workers’ comp benefits that are rightly yours.
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