Industrial Worker’s Compensation Denials
Our Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Represent Your Appeal
When employees are injured at work, they may be able to claim benefits by filing a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, valid claims are often denied for a multitude of reasons, leaving injured employees to struggle with insurmountable medical debts and other financial losses.
This is particularly true for industrial workers who can be severely injured when performing their duties. In some cases, these employees may find their jobs in jeopardy because their injuries prevent them from fulfilling their job responsibilities. Luckily, it is possible to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina. If successful, you’ll receive benefits that can facilitate your recuperation and recover your financial losses.
Your best chance at filing a successful appeal is to retain the services of an experienced workers compensation attorney. At Price, Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we have been representing workers’ compensation claims and appeals since 1979. With our guidance, you can file an effective appeal that grants you the benefits you need to ensure your quality of life.
Appealing a Denied Claim
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for an insurance company to deny an employee’s initial workers’ compensation claim. In fact, the most common reason a claim is denied is that the injury was reported incorrectly. An employer’s workers’ compensation insurer must approve a claim within two weeks of the accident in question. If the employee fails to submit the request within this time period, the insurance company may automatically deny the claim.
However, there are also circumstances where an employer may disagree with a claim and hinder an employee’s access to benefits. This is usually because an employer doesn’t want to pay for increased premiums. In this circumstance, an attorney is necessary to fight for your benefits.
Your claim may have been denied for any of the following reasons:
- Your employer denies or disputes your claim
- The claim was not filed properly
- The claim was not filed within the proper time limits
- Your injuries don’t warrant workers’ compensation
When your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you’ll receive a letter in the mail explaining why the insurance carrier is refusing to provide you with the benefits you require. This letter is the starting point of the appeal process. Your attorney can review the information and help you accurately submit a Form 33 to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), your employer, and the insurer. When the NCIC schedules a hearing, a judge will review the circumstances of your case and any relevant medical evidence before making a final decision.
Start the Appeal Process Today
Filing a workers’ compensation appeal can be stressful without effective legal representation. At Price, Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys can evaluate your case and guide you through the appeals process. We are paid on a contingency fee basis, so you can pursue benefits without worrying about the financial cost.
Call our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers at (704) 850-6322 to schedule a consultation.