Don’t Jeopardize Your Workers’ Compensation Claim With A Missed Deadline

Many workers' compensation claims go through without any hassles. However, if you have your claim denied, you might be frustrated and worried about whether you will be able to pay your bills. Fortunately, you will be able to substantially decrease your chances of having your claim denied again and you can potentially receive an even larger payout if your claim is denied initially. However, you will need to take into consideration why your claim was denied in the first place. Oftentimes, it's due to a missed deadline.

Common Reasons for Claim Denials

There are several reasons why workers' compensation insurance providers can deny a claim. These include:

  • Lack of evidence that the accident occurred at work
  • Designation as an independent contractor
  • There is evidence that you hurt yourself on purpose
  • You had pre-existing injuries
  • You were under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • There is no evidence that you are actually injured

Another common reason for a claim denial is when you do not file your workers' compensation claim soon enough. Workers' compensation deadlines are very important to meet and failure to meet these deadlines is one of the most common reasons why a workers' compensation claim is denied. For instance, you will need to report your injuries after you have had an accident to your employer. 

Don't Assume That Your Injuries Aren't Serious

Some employees believe that they are not very badly injured after an accident and avoid reporting the accident. They also might not want their employer to become angry after the accident. However, employers are prohibited by law from retaliating against employees who file workers' compensation claims.

File Your Claim On Time

The deadline for reporting your injuries depends on the state in which you reside. However, you should report your injuries as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the more likely that the evidence supporting your claim will disappear.

There is also a deadline for filing a workers' compensation claim. You have more time to have a workers' compensation claim filed than you do to report your injuries to your employer and the amount of time you have can vary from state to state.

Don't Assume That It's Too Late

If you believe that too much time has passed, you'll want to speak with a workers' comp attorney for help. They will be able to advise you on the next steps you should take and help you determine whether you will be able to preserve your claim. 

For more information, contact a local firm like Workers Comp Lawyer, PC.