Being denied workers’ compensation benefits can have a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable workers during a difficult period of time after they have been injured in a workplace accident. It can leave injured workers feeling vulnerable and not knowing what to do.
A denial of workers’ compensation benefits can be for many reasons including there is insufficient evidence of injury; the claim is filed past the deadline; or it is determined that the claim for injury cannot be reimbursed through workers’ compensation. It is important for injured workers to know that the denial of a claim for benefits is not final and that they can appeal the denial if they believe they were wrongly denied benefits.
Though injured workers who have been denied workers’ compensation benefits may be able to appeal a denied claim for benefits, the best position injured workers can be in is to understand how to submit a strong claim for benefits and what to do after they have been injured in a workplace accident. Injured workers should immediately file an injury report with their employer following the workplace accident; file a claim for workers’ compensation with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation within 2 years of suffering the injury; obtain medical treatment for the injury; collect evidence to support the claim for workers’ compensation benefits; and comply with all deadlines associated with making a claim.
Because the process of making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits can be complex at times, and it is important to follow all deadlines associated with making a claim for benefits, trained guidance can also be helpful through the workers’ compensation application and appeals processes. The more injured workers know about how to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, the better position they will be in to obtain the benefits they need.