Why is a workers’ compensation claim denied?

Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a stressful time, as you're already dealing with an injury. The last thing you need is to learn that your claim has been denied for one reason or another.

Unfortunately, it's possible that this could happen. There are many reasons why workers' compensation claims are denied, including the following:

  • You did not report the injury to your employer in a timely manner
  • You did not receive medical attention after your accident
  • You did not file a claim for workers' compensation benefits within the set time frame in your state
  • Your employer disputes your claim, often by saying that you did not suffer the injury on the job
  • You have suffered a noncompensable injury
  • You are unable to prove that you were injured at work

These are not the only reasons why a workers' compensation claim could be denied, but don't be surprised if one of these comes into play.

So, what should you do next? You have two options. You can leave well enough alone, or you can file an appeal. If you believe you should be receiving workers' compensation, there's no reason to sit back. You should file an appeal, all with the idea of having the initial denial overturned.

Your workers' compensation denial letter will include information on how to file an appeal, so follow the instructions down to every last detail.

A workers' compensation denial is every bit as frustrating as it sounds, but you don't have to give up. You can fight back with hopes of getting what you deserve sooner rather than later.

Source: FindLaw, "Workers' Comp Denied? Here Are Your Next Steps," accessed April 26, 2018

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