There’s nothing worse than suffering an injury at work – except, perhaps, learning that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company has denied your claim. You reported your accident, filled out the right paperwork, and met the deadline – so what went wrong? Unfortunately, many injured workers in Georgia have suffered through unnecessarily complicated, delayed, or denied claims. There could be many reasons for the denial, but the fact remains that you need that money to cover your medical bills and lost wages.
Luckily, all hope is not lost after a workers’ compensation claim denial. The team at Kaufman Law, P.C. has dealt with dozens of denials in Atlanta in the last 40 years and knows how best to handle these types of cases. We can help you appeal your denial and get the benefits you deserve after a work-related injury. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have offices in Atlanta ready and waiting to help you with this matter. We’ll help you go after the full benefits your injuries demand under Georgia law.
How to Appeal a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Denial
If you suffered an injury and filed a claim, but are still not receiving benefits a few weeks later, you likely have a claims denial on your hands. You should receive a letter from the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation giving you a reason for the denial. Reasons may include that you did not file on time, your employer disputed the claim, the insurer is claiming your injuries are preexisting, or that your injuries aren’t severe enough to qualify. Fortunately, the Georgia workers’ compensation program gives you the right to appeal a denied claim. Here’s how the general process works in Atlanta:
- Contact your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to discuss the denial. There is a chance your denial resulted from a miscommunication, misinterpretation, or clerical error. If there is a simple problem you could fix, this will solve your denial quickly and easily.
- Request a hearing from the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. If talking to the insurance company doesn’t resolve the issue, you have one year from the date of your injury to file an appeal with the board. You will need to include your claim denial, Notice of Appeal, and evidence that supports your claim, such as medical records and notes from physicians.
- Talk to a workers’ compensation attorney. Appealing a denied workers’ compensation claim is no small task. If you have to undergo this process, work with an Atlanta lawyer to help your case go smoothly. A lawyer can help you file within tight deadlines, gather the evidence you need, and represent you during your appeal process.
One of the main reasons injured workers lose their workers’ compensation appeals is because of the lack of professional legal representation. A good lawyer can make all the difference in the success of your appeal. Kaufman Law, P.C. has experienced attorneys who can help you with your workers’ compensation claim and/or appeal in Atlanta. Find out how we can aid you during a free consultation. Call (404) 355-4000 to schedule yours today.