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What you should know about appealing a denied claim

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

If you ever become injured at work or develop a chronic condition because of it in Springfield, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. That is, assuming you are an employee and your employer has workers’ compensation insurance. Being eligible for benefits does not mean that once you file a claim you will immediately receive them. 

The harsh reality is a good portion of legitimate workers’ compensation claims initially result in denials. Sometimes the denials are due to insufficient evidence, workers not following the proper procedures and employers not wanting to pay out. Regardless of the reason for denial, you can file an appeal. It is important for you to understand the workers’ compensation appeals process to prevent issues that can delay your benefits even longer. 

Do not waste time 

Stay calm and do not allow your stress, anger and circumstances cause you to procrastinate. You are not working while incurring medical expenses as a result of your workplace accident. The denial of your initial claim means it will take longer for you to start receiving benefits. Review your denial letter. It should provide you with information on why you received a denial of your claim. Keep in mind that it is possible for a portion of your claim to be denied. 

Get professional help 

If the denial is due to missing information or inaccurate information, you should get the documents you need right away and resubmit them. If the issue involves witness statements, medical records or some other matter that you might not be able to resolve on your own, you should consider hiring an attorney. 

It is important for you to follow proper procedure when filing an appeal. Failure to do so can result in more delays and complications with your benefits or an outright denial. If there are issues that cause a denial of your workers’ compensation appeal, an attorney can help you resolve them to get a better outcome on your claim so you can start receiving the benefits you deserve.

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