Receiving a denial notice after filing a legitimate workers’ compensation claim is disheartening to say the least. You did all the right things, made no mistakes and double-checked your paperwork, so why did you get a denial? After all, it is your right as a U.S. employee to seek injury benefits after an on-the-job accident takes you away from work.
Denials occur for many reasons, but they all have one thing in common. They leave hardworking Virginia residents without adequate means to recover from their injury and support their families.
The law says you have the right to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim. Your notice of denial should tell you how to start an appeal and inform you of any deadlines you must keep.
Steps that may help provide a speedy resolution for claim denials
When looking to appeal a workers’ comp claim denial, consider taking the steps below first. They may help you resolve your situation faster:
- Talk with your employer to find out if they know the details of why you received a denial.
- Talk with the workers’ comp insurance carrier to see if they can help resolve the problem.
- Take your circumstances to an experienced attorney for professional assistance.
- Be sure to gather the necessary documentation necessary for workers’ comp appeal. (A lawyer can help with this step.)
Completing the recommended steps above is a great way to take an immediate and positive approach to your circumstances. As a bonus, you will learn how to successfully file a claim if you ever suffer work-related injuries in the future.