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What are the best steps after a denied workers’ comp claim?

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

You rely on your physical capabilities to do your job, earn your paycheck and support your family. In the event that you suffer an injury at work, you could find yourself unable to earn a living and provide for your loved ones. This can be devastating, especially if you are facing a long and difficult recovery. You may seek workers’ compensation benefits as a way to secure financial support during this time, as well as other benefits that can help you later.  

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to seek and secure workers’ compensation benefits in Minnesota. Insurance companies do not always have your best interests in mind, and they may deny valid claims for very minor reasons. If you learned that your claim was not successful, this can be frustrating, but you still have legal options available to you. 

Fight for the benefits you deserve 

One of the most important steps for you after a denied workers’ comp claim is to determine why the claim came back denied. This could be for a variety of reasons, but identifying the specific cause will give you insight into the next steps in your fight for rightful benefits. Some of the most common reasons for a denied claim include: 

  • There was insufficient medical evidence included with the claim. 
  • There is not enough evidence to prove that the accident was related to your work. 
  • You did not file the claim within the required window of time. 
  • You did not report the accident to your employer within the required period of time. 
  • Medical treatment for the injury was not a requirement, or there is no evidence of your treatment. 
  • Your employer is disputing the claim or denying the details of the accident. 

If you are seeking benefits after an accident at work, you may find it difficult to secure what you need to pay for your medical bills and cover your lost wages. However, a denial is not the end of the road for you in this effort. 

You don’t have to fight alone 

Navigating the workers’ compensation process and appeals after a denied claim is not easy. Fortunately, you do not have to face this on your own. You will benefit from seeking experienced guidance at every step of your efforts, from the earliest application steps to fighting back after a denied claim.