In some cases, getting compensated in the aftermath of an injury might not be as easy as you initially anticipated. In the vast majority of circumstances, workplace injuries are covered by employers with worker’s compensation insurance. This doesn’t mean your claim will be accepted. If your case is denied, there are still some options and you have the power to appeal to the denial and try to reverse the outcome of the situation. Appeals happen through the state’s board of workers’ compensation – but before trying that route, it is important to understand why your particular case has been denied. To cover every possible scenario and to gain a better perspective of the situation, as well as your own rights, it might be wise to hire an attorney to consult and assist you through the process.
Specific regulations will vary from state to state, but there are many reasons why your worker’s comp claim could have been denied.
Perhaps, you did not report your injury on time. If you wait too long before reporting an injury, you might not receive any compensation. Some workers try to hide their injury, or ignore it, trying to soldier through it to avoid losing working hours and income. On the other hand, failing to attend an injury and rest might actually worsen the situation, and it might come back and haunt you at a later date. Some people experience symptoms of an injury only days after an accident, and if the event has not been reported promptly, they might risk not receiving anything. Even if it doesn’t seem serious at first, always report your injury and file your claim in a timely manner.
Some injuries, on the other hand, are simply not eligible for compensation. This is often the case of stress-related injuries, since the exact root of the problem is often very difficult to prove with transparency.
In certain cases, your comp claim could have been denied because your employer disputed the claim. Perhaps, claiming that the injury did not indeed happen at the work place, or that it was caused by horseplay on the injured part.
This article barely scratches the surfaces: there are many reasons why a comp claim could be denied, and if you think the decision is unfair in your case, consult an attorney and appeal for a chance of reversal.