Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to provide the medical treatment and financial support necessary to make the best recovery possible from injury or illness after a workplace accident. But sometimes, however, workers comp providers deny claims—even when they have merit.
If you’ve been denied workers’ comp benefits, that doesn’t mean that you should give up hope. With the help of an experienced attorney, there are several ways to get workers’ comp benefits if your claim is denied.
The following are the proper steps to take if your workers’ comp claim was denied:
- Read your denial letter – The letter should include the official reason(s) why your claim was not approved. Insurance companies regularly deny claims due to a preexisting condition unrelated to work, the worker failed to meet filing deadlines, and the injury occurred away from the work site or while doing something not related to work.
- Review your claim paperwork – There are many instances where a claim was denied because the injury wasn’t completely documented or because a doctor failed to complete required forms to the best of his or her abilities.
- Look for administrative mistakes – In some cases, simple errors need to be corrected in order to obtain benefits. The workers’ compensation system in Oklahoma deals with a high volume of paperwork every single day and an administrative error may have been the cause of your denial.
- Discuss your case with an experienced attorney – A workers’ comp lawyer can evaluate your case and determine all of your legal options in order to obtain the best results possible. If he or she determines you have a valid case to pursue workers’ comp benefits, your attorney can help you file an appeal to challenge a denial.
If your Oklahoma workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contact the Law Offices of Dan Davis 24/7 to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation. Get 30+ years of legal experience on your side today!