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April 18, 2021

Can an Employer Deny a Workers Comp Claim?

When you’re hurt in a serious work accident, your workers compensation may be key to your recovery. Your injuries can be difficult to recover from without financial support. 

But you may have received a denial, rather than the workers comp benefits you need for your recovery. At Pathfinder Injury Law, we know a denial can be confusing, and we’re here to help. Here are some common reasons an employer may deny a workers comp claim and how we can guide you to the compensation you’re due. 

Reasons Employers Deny Workers Comp Claims

When an employer denies your workers comp claim, you need to know why you were denied before you get started. Knowing why you were denied can help your lawyer find the right approach to your claim. 

For example, your employer may claim you didn’t file your claim on time. In Virginia, you only have thirty days to report the accident. If you don’t act on time, you may be denied your workers comp benefits. In these cases, your lawyer may focus on proving you reported the accident to your employer on time. Your lawyer can review the specific details of your claim with you. 

What Your Workers Comp Lawyer Can Do After a Denial 

After suffering a work injury or illness, you need work comp benefits as soon as possible, so your denial may be impacting your health and well-being. Because of this, you may need a lawyer who can act right away to seek a change for your claim. 

Your lawyer can seek out answers for why you were denied. If they’re unable to resolve the conflict with the employer, your lawyer can help you file a claim for your benefits. 

Once you’ve filed your claim, you and your lawyer can prepare evidence that shows you were hurt and need workers comp benefits. You’ll then attend a hearing before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. There, your lawyer can fight for the benefits you’re due and seek to reverse the denial you received. 

Talk to a Lawyer Before Your Court Date 

A workers comp claim denial can make it tough to focus on your recovery. It leaves you without the funds you need when you’re unable to work. 

But a denial isn’t always the end of your path to recovery. You may have grounds for workers comp benefits when you work with a lawyer from Pathfinder Injury Law. Your lawyer can determine the reason for your denial and pursue the compensation you need, starting with a free consultation. To get started, reach out by calling 804-505-0633 or by completing the online contact form below. 

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