Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims
The unfortunate reality of pursuing a workers’ compensation claim is that the employers and their insurance providers will deny even the most legitimate claim. Although your claim can be denied for a number of reasons, you can go through an appeals process to ensure that the legitimacy of your claim is noticed and addressed. In this blog, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys explain why a claim may be denied and what you can do if your claim has been denied.
Reasons for Claim Denial
Perhaps the most common reason behind a claim denial is the time in which the claim was filed. The law mandates that workers’ compensation claims are filed immediately, sometimes even within days of when the accident occurred. A claim can also be denied if your employer argues or disputes that your accident never happened at work are that your injury is a result of another incident unrelated to your place of employment. If you find that your claim is being denied for this reason, it’s imperative that you begin gathering evidence and witnesses who may have seen the accident occur and can corroborate your story.
Appealing a Claim’s Denial
Regardless of the reason why your claim was denied, you’ll receive a letter stating the denial and how you can appeal, should you choose to do so. It’s absolutely crucial that you take note of any appeal deadlines and to make sure you are adhering to the guidelines of the appeals process. The process generally includes hearings in which you’ll be obligated to bring forth medical and factual evidence to prove the legitimacy of your claim.
You should not give up your right to workers’ compensation benefits because of a denied claim. If you attempted to pursue a workers’ compensation claim that ended in a denial, do not give up hope. Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys can provide you with guidance on how you should proceed.
Call Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP at (404) 250-3292 to schedule a free consultation.