Denied Workers' Compensation Benefits?
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If you have applied for workers' compensation and have been notified that your claim is denied, you may be able to file an appeal. You will be notified in writing that your claim has been denied, and the letter should include reasons for the denial. In some instances, you may not hear back at all, so call an attorney to find out what you should do to appeal the case. Our Cobb County workers' compensation lawyers can help guide you through the process and walk you through the steps.
Workers' compensation claims are usually denied due to:
- Failing to file within the time limit - you must file within one year from the date of injury
- Your employer or the insurance company disputing the claim - your employer may question whether the injury was work-related
- Your injury being considered a pre-existing condition
- Your injury not being severe enough for workers' comp benefits
Appealing a Denied Claim
When a claim is denied, you have the option of requesting a hearing with the State Board of Workers' Compensation to appeal the decision. You will need to submit paperwork for the hearing and include the relevant documentation to present before a judge during the hearing. You can provide live witness testimonies and medical evidence that can support your claim of injury.
In some cases, you may need to go through mediation before your hearing. You, your employer, and the insurance company will have the opportunity to try to resolve the issue. It is crucial to have an attorney with you during the mediation and the hearing so you can adequately present your case and provide compelling reasons why your claim should be accepted.
Personalized Guidance from Cobb County Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Whatever the reason for your denial, our attorneys can look over the reasons for your denied claim and see whether it has merit. If we believe that you are still entitled to benefits, we will help you file an appeal with the State Board of Workers' Compensation and work to help resolve the case in your favor.
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