Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied? An Appeal May Be Necessary
On-the-job injuries are serious and can change the course of your life and career. Whether a traumatic accident caused your injury or a disability appeared over time, you deserve the workers’ compensation benefits owed to you. However, many injured workers find their workers’ compensation claim wrongfully denied.
If this has happened to you, don’t give up hope. Our attorneys at Malone Bailey have over 30 years of experience helping clients with denied workers’ compensation claims. With offices in St. Cloud, Edina and Brainard, we can help clients throughout Minnesota.
What To Do After Your Claim Is Denied
Insurers can deny a workers’ compensation claim for many reasons, including not meeting the eligibility requirements, not reporting the injury time, or your employer or the insurer denying the injury happened. Your first step after a denial is to file an appeal by the appropriate deadline. In Minnesota, you start the process by completing an Employee’s Claim Petition, which allows you to explain the circumstances leading to your injury, your medical treatment and what benefits you need.
If your appeal is denied, the Office of Administrative Hearings and a workers’ compensation judge will hear your case. After the hearing, where you will have the chance to present evidence and argue your case, you will hear about the decision within two months. If the court denies your claim again, you can file an appeal with the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. This appeal must be filed within 60 days of the last denial.
With every denial, the appeals process becomes more complicated and confusing. That is why working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is vital. Our experienced lawyers will help you gather evidence, file your appeals, and track complex deadlines. If your appeal goes to court, we will represent you and fight for your right to compensation.
Let Our Workers Comp Appeals Attorneys Take On Some Of The Burden So That You Can Focus On Your Recovery
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claim denials are a common occurrence in Minnesota. Working with an experienced attorney greatly increases your chances of successfully appealing your claim and obtaining the benefits you deserve. You should take the time to focus on your recovery; let us worry about the complicated legal requirements. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by calling 952-209-9018 or completing our online contact form.