Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Employers' Denial of Workers' Comp Claims
Most workers understand that if they are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers' comp benefits. At The McAleer Law Firm, however, we have seen that many individuals do not know how to properly file their claim or what to do if their claim has been denied. You and your family may be depending on your
workers' compensation benefits to see you through a tough time. A knowledgeable
Atlanta workers' compensation attorney may be able to assist you to receive the benefits you need.
Step one is always to make a complete report of your injury to your employer. When medical care occurs, it is important to let the doctor know that your injury was the result of a work-related accident. There are specific regulations that describe when your claim for benefits needs to be filed. You need to know what paperwork and documentation is required. There are ways to file your claim that make it more likely to succeed, although nothing is guaranteed to be successful the first time through. If your claim is denied, we must proceed to the next step in the process towards obtaining proper benefits for you and your family.
Workers' Compensation Attorney in Atlanta
Commonly, claims are denied for the following reasons:
- Your injury is considered to not be work related
- You did not have sufficient information, such as the notice of injury to your employer or medical evidence to prove a disability
- Your condition was pre-existing and not a result of a work-related incident
- Your insurer does not believe that you are factually injured
- Your claim was not filed on time
If your claim gets denied, the next step is to request a hearing from the State Board of Workers' Compensation. At the hearing you may be required to present additional documentation to support your case. You may have to supply witnesses and testify before the board. An individual has the right to represent themselves at a denial hearing. Your employer and the insurance company are going to have trained attorneys available to them throughout the
workers' compensation process. We feel you should be represented as well, to give you yourself a fighting chance to receive the compensation you require.
Contact an Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer
if your workers' comp claim has been denied and you desire competent legal assistance.