Unfortunately, workers' compensation claims can be denied for a variety of reasons - some explained, and others not. For a list of all the common denial reasons, read our blog here. When a claim is denied for a worker legitimately injured at work, we know it spells bad news for you financially - and recovering from an injury is hard enough, but now there might not be enough money in the house to manage basic living expenses.
We understand, and we are here to help.
After a claim is denied, there are 3 important things you MUST do to ensure that you are not giving up the rights to benefits that you are allowed.
Here are 3 critical steps you should take to make sure you don't lose out on all your benefits:
1) Read the denial letter. Make sure you read the letter or notice of controversion and see if there is something the workers' comp insurance company is missing. Sometimes, not often, a denial letter is a simple clerical error that can be fixed quickly. Most times, the letter or notice will let you know the reason they denied your workers' comp claim. Sometimes it doesn't make sense or is full of legal mumbo jumbo. If so, call us to translate it or find out the real reason your workers' comp was denied. Don't let that happen to you.
2) Get all your medical information together. Go to your doctor's office and any hospital you went to and get all the records regarding your injury. You will need these to prove your case. Don't delay on this - sometimes the doctors offices are slow in getting your records to you, so start right away.
2) Get an experienced attorney. Many people lose out on medical treatment, weekly benefits, and future benefits for a permanent innjury that happened at work. Don't just assume the workers' comp insurance company decision is final, and some people make a host of other legal mistakes when they don't have an experienced attorney on their side.
Appealing the denial of a workers' compensation claim in DC is a complicated legal process, and you need someone on your side who knows the law, knows the legal process, and can help you get what you deserve after a serious injury. Give us a call at 202-393-3320 for help today. With over 20 years of experience each, the attorneys at Donahoe Kearney know how to help. Check here to see reviews from our clients, and to see how we can help you.