Denied Workers’ Comp Claims Lawyer
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, we will help you file an appeal
Being hurt on the job can be a shocking experience, but knowing that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages can be a significant comfort after an injury. What happens if your claim for workers’ compensation is denied?
At the law offices of Neustrom & Associates, our Salina workers’ compensation attorneys know how to provide you with the quality representation you deserve. We can help you to understand why your claim was denied and how to appeal the denial to recoup the benefits you deserve.
Top Reasons for Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials
There are a number of reasons why your claim for workers’ compensation benefits may be denied. We can help you to get to the bottom of the reason for your claim denial, and appeal the decision. Some of the most common reasons that claims for benefits are dismissed include:
The injury did not happen at work;
You did not report the injury within the required amount of time;
You were under the influence at the time of the workplace accident;
You did not seek medical care or did not get care from an approved provider;
Your injury was preexisting; or
You did not follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment.
In some cases, the extent of the injury may be disputed, or your employer may deny your claim simply as a way to save money. Regardless of the reason, if you have been denied benefits you believe you deserve, you need a Salina workers’ compensation attorney on your side. How to Appeal a Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim
You have the right to appeal if your workers’ compensation claim is denied. The first step following claim denial is to request a preliminary hearing with the W orkers ’ Compensation Board – Kansas Department of Labor. The board has the authority to grant or deny compensation based on the specifics of your case. During the hearing, you and your employer can present evidence to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), who will issue a decision about your case. If you disagree with the ALJ’s decision, you may request a full hearing. It is important to do this within the required timeframe.
During the appeals process, it is recommended to have an attorney on your side. An attorney will know what type of evidence the ALJ is looking for, and how to present evidence in a compelling manner to improve the chances of your case being resolved in your favor. Your lawyer can also prepare you for answering questions and giving a statement during the hearing.
Call Our Salina Workers’ Compensation Appeals Attorneys Today
For a free consultation about your workers’ compensation case, call our Salina worke rs’ compensation lawyers today or send us a message using the confidential intake form on our website. We have helped injured workers like you get the benefits they deserve after a workplace injury.