If you or a family member is injured at work, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits to cover medical bills and lost wages. Many consider hiring a workers’ compensation attorney to help them navigate the complex process to ensure that they receive the work comp benefits they need and avoid denied claims.
Common Reasons Workers’ Compensation Claims Are Denied
Beyond missing documentation or not meeting filing deadlines – two very common reasons a workers’ compensation claim may be denied – providing inadequate medical proof may also result in denial. Working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will ensure that your application for benefits is complete and when necessary, an attorney can recommend specific specialists to provide a second opinion in cases of misdiagnoses, or summon expert witnesses to strengthen your claim for benefits.
Many injured workers are at a disadvantage when negotiating a claim simply because they lack knowledge of the workers’ compensation process and what information they need to provide to be successful. A workers’ compensation lawyer knows how much an injured worker should receive based on the severity of the injury and physical limitations it presents. They will also be able to calculate future medical bills to be compensated and whether an employer owes an employee disability compensation, temporary or otherwise. If an injured worker experiences difficulty with medical providers, a workers’ compensation attorney will help clients with the necessary resources to prove their case. A skilled attorney will push back against an insurer with their expert knowledge of the claims process AND the law, to maximize the benefits the injured worker receives.
If you or a family member is injured at work, it is worthwhile to discuss your situation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can advise you on the strength of your case, helping you avoid mistakes early in the process to maximize your compensation. Even if your claim is denied, it is advisable to reach out to an experienced attorney who can assist you in an appeal with the goal of securing the benefits you need. If you have questions regarding workers’ compensation, contact the Davenport workers’ compensation attorneys of McDonald & Woodward, PC for answers at 563-355-6478.