If you are injured on the job, you should never hesitate to receive medical attention. Also, once you are in the right frame of mind, you must consider the steps for making a workers’ compensation claim. By doing so, you may be able to receive benefits while you are out of work recovering from your injury.
Unfortunately, there are times when a workers’ compensation claim is denied. If this happens to you, it’s important to know the reason. This is the only way to determine which steps to take next.
Here are some of the primary reasons for a workers’ compensation claim denial:
– You did not report the injury on time. Remember, you need to report the injury to your company, typically your supervisor or human resources department, as soon as possible.
– Your claim was not filed in time. Just as you need to report your injury on time, the same holds true with actually filing the required paperwork.
– Employer dispute. There are times when an employer will dispute a claim. They do this for many reasons. For example, your employer may argue that you suffered the injury outside of work, thus meaning you aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
It is one thing to know why your workers’ compensation claim was denied. It’s another thing entirely to take the steps necessary to make things right.
Even if your claim was denied, you may still be able to receive benefits. The next logical step is to file an appeal, complete with all the information required to back up your stance.