Many people have the unfortunate luck of suffering an injury or illness that is related to their employment. In most cases, the injured party will need some minor medical attention, and perhaps a bit of time off from work to recover. However, there are other, more serious cases where a work injury can be quite severe, keeping a worker from returning to the job for weeks or even months. As a result, the injured worker may choose to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
There are many workers' compensation claims that are seemingly "routine." After all, unless a worker was behaving recklessly, was under the influence of some type of drug or alcohol, or was otherwise responsible for his or her injuries, it doesn't really matter how the work injury occurred - the worker will likely be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. But what if your workers' compensation claim is denied? Do you have any further recourse?
The short answer is "yes," but it is important to approach this situation with the greatest of care. There are a variety of reasons why an initial application for workers' compensation benefits would be denied, but the worker can appeal that decision. Of course, it is always better to put together a strong, evidence-based claim to begin with, but a denial isn't necessarily the end of the line for an injured worker.
At our law firm, we strive to ensure that our clients who have had an initial application for workers' compensation benefits denied have an opportunity to be heard in an appeal of that decision. We work with our clients to put together the necessary information and documentation to show that the claim should in fact be granted. For more information, please visit the workers' compensation section of our website.