Denied Workers’ Compensation
Even when the utmost precautions are taken, there still exists a likelihood that a workplace injury or illness will eventually strike and leave a worker at least temporarily unable to do his or her job. Because this can introduce substantial hardships for injured employees and their families, legislation has been enacted to establish a mandatory workers’ compensation insurance scheme. In the event of occupational illness or injury, a worker is entitled to receive benefits that address the costs of medical care and reduced income throughout the recovery process.
Occasionally, the insurance company reviewing claims for these benefits will attempt to deny an application in an effort to protect its pocketbook or because it has seized on a procedural technicality. Though that may be disheartening, it does not mean that you have to give up. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 919-851-3311 to learn more about the appeals process.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals and Litigation
There are deadlines that are strictly imposed by statutes for each step of the workers’ compensation filing process. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can advise you of these timelines so that you do not inadvertently sacrifice your access to the benefits that you are due. The most important thing to remember is that you simply cannot afford to wait when you have received a notice of denial. Afterward, the process carries on as follows:
- Filing of appeal
- Review by insurance company (or regulatory agency)
- If approved, benefits will begin;
- If denied, then it may be appropriate to file a lawsuit seeking benefits
You will have to have an attorney for the litigation phase if it should come to that, but you can prevent unnecessary delays to your claim by contacting the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 919-851-3311.