What To Do If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied
In Minnesota, most workers who are injured on the job site are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to pay for their medical care, lost wages and other expenses. If you have followed the correct procedures for filing a claim, you may feel hopeless after it is denied.
The benefits process does not end with one claim rejection. You can appeal this decision, and we can help. Our lawyers at The Cody Law Group are intimately familiar with all aspects of the workers’ compensation benefits process. We are qualified to guide you through each stage, from the initial filing through appeals.
Take These Steps To Appeal An Unfavorable Decision
It is important to remember that claims are frequently rejected because businesses and their insurance providers are more interested in their profits than paying a fair settlement for injuries. Although your claim has been rejected, it doesn’t mean that your injuries don’t deserve to be covered by workers’ comp insurance. It does mean that you will have to act promptly and navigate the process effectively.
Taking these steps can improve the likelihood that you receive the benefits you deserve:
- Carefully read your rejection letter. Your letter should identify the reason for the rejection and the deadline for submitting an appeal. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your opportunity to request an appeal.
- Meet with HR to discuss your claim rejection. Your employer may prefer to resolve this matter in its early stages rather than spending time and money to defend against your appeal.
- Consult with an attorney about your options. Since 1952, The Cody Law Group has provided honest and skilled legal advice to injury victims. We will review your claim rejection and educate you on your best options for your workers’ comp case, which include a formal hearing or a mediation.
- Submit your petition. You will need to file an employee’s claim petition with the appropriate division in the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI). Our lawyers will review your petition to ensure that you complete the petition correctly.
- Prepare for your hearing. Injured workers are entitled to representation in all levels of appeals. When you work with us, we will help you collect necessary documents and prepare you for testifying in the hearing.
Navigating this process alone can be intimidating and overwhelming. Let us handle all legal matters related to your injury so that you can concentrate on recovering.
Do You Have Workers’ Comp Questions? Get Answers Today.
We offer private, workers’ comp consultations at our Vadnais Heights office and off-site. Connect with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers by calling 612-444-9418 or emailing us via our contact form.