Injured at work? Getting your Workers compensation benefits can be an uphill battle for many. Sometimes claims are denied because the claim was not reported or filed on time. However, it may be that your employer or the employer’s workers compensation insurance company dispute your claim because they are more concerned with their bottom line than paying you the benefits you need and deserve.
Just when the process of slugging it out with your employer and the insurance company seemed too much, enter the cost-containment middleman. Increasingly, decisions to deny care aren’t being made by workers’ employers or insurers, but by cost containment firms and managed care companies who offer an array of services, from managing claims to negotiating medical bills, all promising to reduce costs — although critics say some actually raise them and burden those hurt on the job.
Workers’ comp is supposed to be simple. If you’re injured on the job, your employer pays your medical bills and part of your wages while you recover, right? Well, over the past two decades, the highly-profitable, cottage industry of “workers’ comp” businesses have popped up seizing the opportunity to aid employers’ and insurers’ in their quest to contain spending. Some industry observers say the firms have added a layer of cold bureaucracy to an already complicated system and injured workers are suffering as a result.
Given the current trend toward denying or reducing workers comp benefits, if you or a family member has been injured at work you may need the help of an experienced attorney to get your benefits paid. If you are being denied workers compensation benefits following a workplace accident, illness or injury, contact the Davenport Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help. Our attorneys provide comprehensive legal representation in workers’ comp matters combined with decades of experience with area businesses, their insurers and by extension, workers’ compensation management companies. We are in the business of helping our clients, who have been injured performing their jobs, obtain the best possible settlements so they can recover and move forward in their lives. Contact us today.