It's a common scenario: A worker gets injured on the job and requires hospitalization and rehabilitation. Meanwhile, the worker is unable to work because of the injury. Then the worker applies for workers' compensation benefits to cover the many expenses associated with the accident - only to find out that the claim has been denied.
A denied workers' comp claim can be extremely discouraging for someone with a serious injury. If your claim has been denied, you may have many questions:
- What does a denied claim mean?
- How will I pay for my medical bills?
- Have I lost all chances of getting workers' compensation benefits?
What many people do not realize is that a high percentage of initial workers' compensation claims are denied. Even for people with serious, legitimate injuries.
So what can you do about it?
- Don't give up: Just because your initial claim was denied doesn't mean that your claim will never be approved. The insurance company may not have adequately investigated your application. There may be other reasons why your claim was denied. The important thing is to not give up. Now is the time to thoroughly research your legal options.
- Talk to a workers' compensation lawyer about pursuing an appeal: With help from an attorney, you may be able to successfully recover benefits through a workers' compensation appeal. The process doesn't have to stop after your initial claim is denied. With help from a lawyer, you may be able to get the benefits you need and deserve.
Our law firm can discuss your legal options during a free consultation. We can help determine if pursuing an appeal is the right decision for you. Please contact us to schedule a time to meet in one of our office locations (Bakersfield, Fresno, and Santa Maria).