Workers who are injured on the job are typically eligible to collect workers’ compensation. This employer-provided insurance can be crucial in getting financial support to people who need it to pay medical bills and replace lost wages.
However, the process of applying for compensation can be quite complicated. There are a number of details that must be taken into account and steps that must be completed properly. In many cases, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will approve a claim. Unfortunately, there are also times when a claim will be denied.
If you have filed a claim for compensation and it was denied, you still have options to pursue benefits by filing an appeal.
The BWC could deny a claim for a number of reasons. An applicant may have failed to submit sufficient or appropriate information on their initial claim, or the BWC may initially decide that an injury was not work-related or that certain medical treatments are not eligible for coverage.
In any of these cases, filing an appeal can be crucial because it allows a different officer of the BWC to review the claim, and there is the potential that he or she will make a different decision.
It is crucial that people understand that filing an appeal can be as or more complicated than submitting an initial claim. It may be necessary to attend hearings, gather and present evidence and complete paperwork accurately. Doing all this in the short window of time you have to submit an appeal can be daunting.
In order to prevent costly delays and avoidable mistakes, you can work through these steps with an attorney. The attorneys at Morgan & Justice understand the process of appealing a denied workers’ compensation claim, and we can help you determine what needs to happen in order to pursue an acceptable decision. If you have been denied compensation for a work-related injury, we encourage you to visit our website to learn about our law firm and contact us to discuss your case.