Denied Workers’ Comp Claims
Filing Appeals, Hearings & More
Has your Kentucky workers’ comp claim been denied? At Kentucky Injury Law Center, our Bowling Green lawyers help appeal denied workers’ comp claims throughout the state. Our dedicated attorneys have years of experience helping hardworking Kentuckians receive the compensation and justice they deserve following a work accident. If your claim has been wrongfully denied, we can help you throughout the appeals process so you can get you the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.
Why Workers’ Comp Claims Get Denied
There are many reasons a workers’ compensation claim may be denied in Kentucky. The reason your claim was rejected should be stated in the denial letter you received.
You worker’s comp claim may have been denied for several reasons, including:
- You missed the deadline to file your claim
- You made a mistake when filling out the paperwork
- Your employer claims your injury wasn’t work-related
- Your injuries aren’t serious enough to receive benefits
- You filed your claim after leaving the job where you were injured
If the state had a legitimate reason to deny your claim, there may be nothing we can do. However, if your claim has been wrongfully denied we will do whatever it takes to resolve the situation. Feel free to reach out to us any time if you are unsure what to do after your claim is denied —we will provide you with the honest and straightforward guidance you need to decide what to do next.
What to Do If Your Claim Gets Denied
The good news is that you have the right to appeal a denied claim to get a second chance at receiving benefits. The denial letter you received from the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims should go into detail about the next steps you need to take in order to appeal, but the basic components are detailed below.
First, you will attend a “Benefit Review Conference” during which you can negotiate a solution that you and your employer’s insurance carrier can agree to. If you do not reach an agreement, your case will be assigned a hearing date.
At the hearing, you will be able to present evidence that backs up your side, including testimony from your doctor and anyone who witnessed your accident. The judge will review all evidence submitted by both you and by your employer before coming to a decision. After the hearing, the judge will issue a written decision within 60 days if no other information is required.
How Can an Attorney Help With Denied Claims
Though it is not necessary to have an attorney with you during the appeals process, we strongly advise it. The road to filing an appeal can be filled with complicated paperwork and legal process that are tough to navigate on your own. Hiring an attorney will also increase your chances of successfully appealing your claim by allowing someone with extensive knowledge and experience in workers’ comp law to speak for you.
We are here to make the process easy. Contact us today to get started with your appeal.