What should I do if my workers' compensation claim is denied?
Straight answers from a Scranton workers' comp lawyer you can trust
Many people injured at work in Pennsylvania believe they will automatically receive workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. In some instances, you may have a legitimate workplace injury, but your employer or its insurance company refuses to pay benefits. You may receive a Notice of Workers' Compensation Denial or Notice Stopping Temporary Compensation.
Don't give up. Fortunately, injured workers have options. And at O'Malley & Langan, our experienced workers' comp lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping people obtain the benefits they rightfully deserve in Pennsylvania. Call (866) 326-0100 today for a free consultation.
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When you apply for workers' comp benefits, your employer initially rules on your application. Your employer's insurance company also will likely help your employer decide whether to approve your application for workers' compensation benefits.
Applications for workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania are often denied for several reasons, including:
- Incorrect information in accident report or claim
- Application submitted after 120 day deadline
- Employer questions validity of injury
- Employer questions severity of injury
- Employer claims injury occurred outside of work
- Employer claims injured worker engaged in illegal activity, including illegal drug use
"Can I appeal my denied workers' compensation claim in Pennsylvania?"
The answer is yes. If your application for workers' compensation benefits is denied, you can file a Claim Petition with the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation. A workers' compensation judge for the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation will then decide whether to approve or deny your appeal of your denied workers' comp claim.
The process of appealing a denied workers' compensation claim can be extremely difficult. That's why the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry advises claimants to consider hiring a lawyer to represent people dealing with a denied workers' comp claim.
"You should be aware that WC (workers' compensation) litigation is complex, and your employer or your employer's insurance carrier will be represented by an experienced attorney," according to the state's office website.
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Don't take chances with your future. Take action. Contact O'Malley & Langan. Call (866) 326-0100 and schedule a free case evaluation. We take the time to learn about every individual case, then carefully craft a legal strategy designed to suit your specific needs.
Every case workers' compensation case matters at O'Malley & Langan. Whether you're dealing with a construction accident in Scranton, a fracking accident in Towanda or a slip and fall accident in Pittston, we can help. We assist people throughout Pennsylvania, including the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Bradford, Schuykill, Lehigh, Monroe, Wyoming and Wayne. We have offices in Scranton, Pittston, and Towanda.
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