What to Do in the Event Your Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Has Been Denied
If you have been injured while on the job, whether due to a workplace accident or cumulative stress injury, you may have the right to workers' compensation benefits which could cover your medical expenses and partially cover your time off work. Employees across a wide range of industries will be eligible for workers' compensation coverage, which is mandated by various state and federal laws.
Despite the broad coverage offered through workers' compensation, many workers' compensation claims are denied or minimized. Finding out that your claim has been denied can be stressful, as you are likely counting on those benefits to assist you in your time of need. It is important that all injured workers who have been denied workers' compensation coverage understand that they have certain rights following their denial and it is still possible to obtain benefits after an initial denial of their claim. Furthermore, it is of the utmost importance to contact a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney who can advise you of your rights as well as take the necessary steps to protect those rights.
Reasons for the Denial of Your Claim
One of the first steps to fighting your workers' compensation denial will be assessing why your claim was denied in the first place. It is not uncommon for workers' compensation claims to be denied initially. The insurance company has an interest in denying claims and filing for workers' compensation can prove complex. Some of the most common reasons for the denial of your claim include, but are not limited to:
- Your injury was in fact a preexisting condition;
- Your injury was not work related;
- The injury was not as severe as claimed to be;
- Your injury does not prevent you from performing work duties;
- Your injuries are the result of an illness not recognized by Georgia state laws;
- Your injuries are precluded from coverage under Georgia or federal law.
Workers' compensation claims can additionally be denied due to administrative failings, such as mistakes made in paperwork or for not visiting an approved physician. One common reason for denial is that the injured employee did not timely report the injury to the appropriate party. Thus, injured employees must abide by strict timelines for reporting injuries or risk denial of their claim.
Appealing Your Denial
If you have been denied workers' compensation benefits or if your claim was only accepted for partial coverage, you will generally have the right to appeal this decision. You should consult with a workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible to assess your rights and likelihood of success on appeal.
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