If you have been injured on the job, then worker’s’ compensation insurance will usually take care of your medical expenses and any time off work. However, compensation claims are sometimes questioned if an employer’s insurance company believes your actions led to the accident, or you were under the influence while working. If you need help collecting worker’s’ compensation, you should consult with an attorney experienced with workers’ comp cases.
Reasons for Rejections
Coverage for workplace injuries can sometimes be denied by employers’ insurance companies if they think the accident wasn’t the fault of the employer. There are several reasons for denying claims for workmans’ comp in Washington, PA, including the following:
Employee didn’t notify employer of accident within allotted time.
* Treatments wewas not given by approved medical providers.
* Employees were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at time of accident.
* Employers dispute employees claims.
* If your case is turned down, you can hire an attorney to help appeal the decision.
How to Appeal Denials
After you have received information about your claim being denied, you can appeal the decision, but you need to do so in a timely manner. You only have twenty days from the time of the denial to appeal the workmans’ comp decision. There is an Appeals Board which will review the case and decide whether to overturn the denial or not.
If the denial is upheld, then an attorney from Porta-Clark & Ward Attorneys at Law can take the appeal to the state’s Commonwealth Court. From the time you get the notice from the Appeals Board, you have thirty days in which to contact the Commonwealth Court. They will review your case and then send you their written decision.
If the original denial for workmans’ comp is still upheld, your attorney can appeal to the state Supreme Court to help you receive the compensation you deserve.