You may have been expecting workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a workplace accident, only to have your claim denied. When this happens, you will have to deal with the aftermath of the accident alone, from the medical bills to the wages lost if your injuries prevent you from working.
Fortunately, a denied claim is not the end of the road. You can successfully appeal the decision and get the benefits. Here is what you need to do.
Understand the reason why your claim was denied
Was your claim denied because of uncertainty about your accident? Did you miss a deadline or provide insufficient or inaccurate information? The first thing you need to do is understand why the claim was denied so you can tackle it from that direction.
The letter you will receive once your claim is denied should outline the reasons behind the decision to deny you benefits. Understanding why your claim was unsuccessful is crucial, as it will help you plan your appeal.
What to expect during the appeal process
There are a series of steps involved when appealing a denied claim. You should expect a hearing with the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, where you may provide evidence in support of your claim to overturn the initial decision.
You may request a rehearing if the Commission’s decision does not go your way after the first hearing, with the option of taking the matter to court.
Has your workers’ compensation claim been denied?
If your claim for benefits has hit a wall, it is advisable to reach out for legal assistance before taking any action. An informed review of your claim and why it was unsuccessful will ensure you respond accordingly and increase the chances of a positive outcome.