Workers’ compensation benefits pay for injuries sustained while on the job. Although many workers’ compensation claims are approved, some are denied. If your claim is denied, you will not receive the money needed to pay medical bills or compensate you for lost wages. Therefore, the only way you can get your benefits is to appeal the denied claim.
If your Workers’ Compensation claim is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reason for the denial, as well as the period you have to file an appeal. You may want to talk to the claims examiner first before filing an appeal to see if there is anything you can do to get the claim approved. For example, is your claim missing paperwork or medical records?
If you do proceed with the appeal, you most likely will have to attend a hearing in front of the workers’ compensation advisory board or administrative agency. The process will depend on your state. In some states, a benefit review conference will take place to examine all the evidence. In other states, a judge may hear your case. A Richmond workers’ compensation attorney can advise you of the process.
Contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you need legal help from a Richmond workers’ compensation attorney. Contact an attorney from the Injured Worker’s Law Firm. We have more than 20 years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims. Contact us today at 804-755-7755, and order the free guide The Ultimate Guide to Worker’s Compensation in Virginia.