What If My Workers’ Compensation Case Is Denied?
It is important to realize employers, insurance adjusters and company-appointed doctors often focus on containing costs, and do not act with your best interests in mind. Some claim the injury did not occur at work or is not severe enough.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, don’t despair. Many workers’ compensation claims are denied, often because there was insufficient medical information provided about the injury or the employee failed to give his or her employer proper notice of the injury.
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Kelly Law Office, P.C., in Liberty, Missouri, know how to challenge denials of workers’ compensation claims. In Missouri, the initial appeal is to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. In Kansas, it is to the Board of Appeals.
You can appeal both a decision of a final award of your workers’ comp benefit claim and that of a temporary or partial award.
Appeal Your Claim With A Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney
It is disappointing to receive a letter from your employer’s workers’ compensation administrator or insurance provider informing you that your claim has been denied. It is important to understand that this is not a final decision. Do not get discouraged. Instead, act quickly.
The next step is to file what is known as an Application for Adjudication of Claim. You can file the application yourself, but this is a good point to involve a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney who can lead you through the process. We can help you organize the important facts to present your case and overcome the initial distrust of the employer or the insurance claims adjuster.
It is critical to have knowledgeable, aggressive legal representation on your side fighting for the benefits that are rightfully yours. We know from experience what information wins workers’ compensation claims after an initial claim is denied.
Given your situation, it’s understandable that you may be concerned about how much a lawyer will cost. We accept all workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery for you. At that point, our fee is a percentage of your recovery, which will not exceed 25 percent.
Don’t Give Up. Contact Us Instead.
If you have questions about appealing a denied or reduced workers’ compensation claim, call 816-760-2174 or
email us. We will review the facts of your case during a free consultation and recommend the best steps to take.