You were working with a group of new employees when one of them starting performing a task they hadn’t learned about yet. You know that they were just trying to show their skills, but in doing so, they caused a serious workplace accident.
Today, you’re dealing with injuries from that incident, and you are hoping that you can obtain workers’ compensation to cover it. You don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to get coverage, but after making your claim, you received a denial.
Why are workers’ compensation claims denied?
There are a few situations in which workers’ compensation claims are denied. Some of them may include:
- Not reporting your injuries on time
- Suffering from an injury that isn’t compensable
- Not receiving medical treatment
- Not filing a claim on time
- Providing too little evidence that the injuries were linked to your job
- Disputes made by your employer claiming that the injury is not compensable
If you do receive a denial, it’s important to understand the reasoning and to appeal that decision. Your denial letter will include a deadline for an appeal, which is something you may want to work on with your attorney.
What kinds of compensation and benefits should you receive with workers’ compensation?
After you’re hurt on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation and be able to receive:
- Support for disabilities or disfigurement suffered as a result of the injury
- Compensation for lost wages
- Coverage for necessary medical expenses
You won’t have to show that your employer was at fault or negligent to obtain workers’ comp. If you need assistance with a denied claim, it may be a good idea to discuss the problem with an attorney.