Fighting Against Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits
It has been a few weeks since your accident. You are still in a serious amount of pain and can’t really get around too well. Medical bills from Christus are starting to pile up, alongside credit card bills and rent notifications. If only your workers’ compensation benefits would finally kick in, you would be able to make a dent in that pile.
The day arrives and you receive an envelope from your employers’ workers’ comp insurance. You open it up expecting a check, but instead find an apology letter stating your claim was denied. What do you do now?
In 2012, a new amendment in the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law was passed. The amendment states that employers are required to send you a notice of approval or denial after receiving your first authorization request claim for medical treatment, as well as notify you directly with information regarding the procedures for appealing any denial of said treatment. However, in the event that your employer forgets to inform you how to appeal, our attorneys have got you covered.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Fight a Workers’ Compensation Denial
As soon as you receive a notification that your workers’ comp claim was denied, you need to take action to appeal the decision:
- Contact your employer and/or the workers’ compensation insurance company that denied your claim. In some cases, it could be a mistake or additional information may be required to fully process the claim.
- Contact a workers' compensation lawyer to discuss your appeal options. You should also set up a case in the event that you need to present it to an appeals court or judge.
- Gather all necessary documentation, evidence, and statements about your injury in case you need to present them at a hearing.
- Have your attorney help you file a 1008 and/or 1009 appeal form as soon as possible.
Do not allow your employer or his insurance company to deny you your rightful benefits. Fight back by contacting an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. We know how ruthless insurance companies can be, especially to those who do not know the ins-and-outs of workers’ compensation law. However, you do not have to—because we do! Let our experience and knowledge work for you. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation.
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