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Preparing to navigate the workers comp appeals process

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Suffering injuries during a work-related accident can be a daunting experience that could trigger various challenges in life. Along with the costs of seeking medical care, your injuries may also force you to miss out on wages while you recover. The combination of these two challenges could place you in a significant financial bind. 

The workers’ compensation insurance system is designed to provide aid to workers in need in these scenarios. However, there may be numerous scenarios in which the initial application for workers’ compensation may result in denial. Knowing how best to prepare to appeal this decision may prove imperative. 

The process 

Knowing what to expect from the workers’ compensation appeals process could help place you in a better position to safeguard your interests. Some topics to cover regarding this process may include: 

  • Reviewing the notification: One of the first steps to take could involve carefully reviewing the denial notification. This document could hold vital information, such as the reason behind the denial and the time limit for an appeal. 
  • Board of appeals: One option for appealing a denial of benefits could involve taking your case before the workers’ comp appeals board. Knowing how to tell if this is the proper path could be vital to making informed choices about your situation. 
  • Administrative judge: In some cases, it might be necessary to present your case to the court. An administrative judge can review the case and either overturn or uphold the denial. 
  • Presenting evidence: You, your employer, and the insurance company may all retain the right to present evidence during an appeal. Knowing what documents and information to gather for this process might be integral to protecting your interests. 

It may also be helpful to seek insight in reviewing Minnesota state workers’ compensation laws, as these could have a significant influence on your options and the outcome of your situation. 

Preparing to file an appeal 

It is no secret that receiving a denial for workers’ compensation can be harrowing, but you may still have options to help protect your interests when facing such a scenario. Since preparing to appeal a denial for benefits can be somewhat complex, it might be in your best interests to seek aid in navigating every step of this process. In doing so, you might find yourself better prepared to choose the proper path to file an appeal and pursue the full amount of benefits achievable.