Although it is discouraging to hear a compensation claim did not get accepted, there are ways to appeal. Knowing the best way to do so can help make the process go smoothly.
According to FindLaw, the first step to take is to figure out the reason behind the denial. Usually, the official denial letter a person receives details the reasons why, which lets the worker determine whether or not to continue with filing an appeal. Some common issues that people run into include an employer disputing the claim or running out of time to file a claim. If the injured party does not file or report an issue within a certain time-frame, it puts the claim in jeopardy of rejection. In Mississippi, a worker has 30 days to tell his or her employer about a work-related injury. Additionally, medical treatment is also necessary to be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If a claim does not have any of these issues, it is possible to appeal.
The denial letter should contain a deadline for filing, so it is important to keep the letter for future reference. Meeting with both the injured party’s boss and insurance company to check for errors is also recommended. Occasionally, issues arise from clerical mistakes and are easily fixed by talking directly to those in charge. Making sure to double check deadlines is imperative when dealing with claims. Beyond that, an administrative law judge typically hears most appeals.
Knowing the options available while appealing a workers’ compensation claim can lead to a successful experience.