If you’ve been hurt at work and have filed a workers’ compensation claim, your claim may be denied for many different reasons. Some denials for minor reasons are easy to resolve, while others require a complicated appeal and the collection of extensive evidence. In any case, you, as the employee, have the right to appeal any denial and to hire a workers’ compensation attorney to assist you with your claim and your appeal.
Missed Deadlines and Inadequate Documentation
Sometimes the reason a workers’ compensation claim is denied is simply because a filing deadline was missed. When you’re injured at work, it’s important to notify your employer immediately and then seek medical help. You must notify your employer within fourteen days of the injury. The longer you wait, the less likely it is that your employer’s insurance company will take your claim seriously, and they can deny it outright if you fail to meet this deadline. If your claim is denied, you have three years to file a lawsuit. You should keep documentation of all medical treatment you receive related to the injury, as well as the expenses involved.
Work-Related or Not?
One of the most common disputes that arise when a workers’ compensation claim is filed is related to whether or not the employee’s injury was really work-related, and if the job was what caused the injury. Employers’ workers’ compensation insurance companies will, unfortunately, often look for any reason they can find to deny the claim or offer an insufficient settlement. If the question of whether or not your injury was truly work-related comes up, it’s time to hire a workers’ compensation attorney who can help you find the evidence to prove that it was.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you have been injured at work or have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, do not take chances. Take the first step towards recovering the benefits you deserve. Schedule an appointment with a work injury attorney in Saint Louis Park or Hennepin County, Minnesota today by calling Thill and Freeman at (952) 512-7512.