Workers’ compensation is designed to be there for you when you get hurt on the job. Unfortunately, there are times when an employee will make a workers’ compensation claim and see it denied.
Denials can happen for many reasons, but one of them that you need to be concerned about is if your own employer disputes your claim. If your employer claims that your accident didn’t take place on the job or was the result of any other disqualifying reason, then you may see your claim rejected.
Can you appeal a workers’ compensation decision if your employer claimed you weren’t hurt on the job?
Yes, you can. Your attorney will work with you to build up a strong claim and appeal. When you receive your denial letter, it will give you a deadline for an appeal.
The first step is to talk to your attorney, who will reach out to your employer to understand why they’re disputing this claim. In some cases, just having a discussion is enough to resolve the dispute. There may be a misunderstanding of what happened or why it happened that is making your employer dispute your claim.
Sometimes, you’ll need to continue through with an appeal. It can be a complex legal process, and you will likely need to go to a hearing before an administrative law judge. You’ll want to talk to your attorney about all the documentation you should provide, such as medical records, a timesheet that shows that you were on the job or other important information. All of this together can help you appeal and potentially get your claim approved.