Getting injured at work can be a very upsetting experience. Not only will you likely have to miss work to recover, you can also be struggling with pain and the inconvenience of limited mobility, doctor appointments and medications.
With all this in mind, it can come as great relief to people that they are typically eligible to receive workers' compensation to help them through this difficult time. This money is available to replace a portion of a worker's wages and cover medical expenses, which can be critical in the aftermath of a serious workplace accident. However, there are situations in which a claim for workers' compensation is denied.
Some reasons your application might be denied include:
- Incomplete or inaccurate information on an application
- The determination that your injury is not work-related
- Findings that suggest your injury was suffered when you were intoxicated or reckless
- Failure to file a claim within the appropriate time frame
- Claims that you were not technically on the job at the time of the accident
- Discovery that you are not a covered employee
In any of these situations, your claim for benefits could very well be denied. However, it is important that you not lose hope.
You can file an appeal if your workers' compensation claim is denied. This process can be tricky and more complex than you expect, but it can be critical in collecting benefits, and you don't have to go through it alone.
The attorneys at our law firm help North Carolinians navigate the workers' compensation appeals process; we can also help people avoid it in the first place by helping injured workers file an initial application. For guidance in either of these areas, you can visit our website to learn more about our services.