Sometimes, workers’ compensation claims are denied. That does not mean the injured worker is out of options.
At Goodwin Como, P.C., in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, our attorneys have years of experience helping injured workers decide what next steps to take. For instance, we can file a claims petition on your behalf. We can also appeal the decision before a workers’ compensation judge. Our goal is to help you receive the benefits you need and deserve after an injury at work.
When Was Your Workers’ Comp Claim Denied?
Generally, workers’ comp denials happen in one of two ways:
- Your employer or the insurance company may deny the claim at the onset. This could happen, for example, if they claim you were not at work when you got hurt.
- After your claim is initially accepted, you may get notice that you have been deemed “no longer disabled” and that you need to go back to work. The insurance company will cut off benefits at that point. This type of denial can also happen if the insurance company says you were offered a job within the limitations of your disability.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied at any time for any reason, you should seek legal help as soon as possible. Our lawyers will take immediate steps to have your benefits started or reinstated.
Workers’ compensation doctors may downplay your injuries so you can return to work sooner without extensive medical care. For example, the doctor may claim you have a simple back strain when in reality, you have a ruptured disk.
Our lawyers can help you move forward after a claim denial. If the denial was unreasonable, we may even be able to help you seek punitive damages.