Around ten percent of the workers’ compensation claims filed in Florida are initially denied. However, when appealed, most of these result in payment for the injured worker.
Common reasons for a workers’ comp denial include:
- Failure to Promptly Report and Injury
- Missed Deadlines
- Incorrect or Missing Information
- Employer Disputes Over the Claim’s Validity
- Discrepancies Between Medical Records and Accident Reports
Additional reasons a claim may be denied include no longer working for the employer or having an injury that does not meet the qualifications for workers’ comp.
Having an attorney help you with your initial filing can significantly reduce the risk of denial. Our workers’ compensation lawyers understand the complexities of Florida law and are here to help guide you through the process and reduce your chances of a delay in benefits.
What to do After a Denial
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, you can appeal the decision through a hearing. During the hearing, you will need to supply evidence supporting your claim to establish its legitimacy. This may include simple tasks such as correcting a mistake on your claim but may also include complexities that require experienced legal counsel. Therefore, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney if your claim has been denied.
Worker’s compensation is no-fault insurance intended to support injured workers regardless of the cause of their accidents. This benefit is available to nearly every employee in Florida and is intended to help injured workers get the medical help they need to return to work. A denial interferes with the entire process, potentially allowing injured workers to suffer while things are sorted out. Having an attorney handle the details eases the burden on employees and can help to ensure the best outcomes.
We Are Here for You
The attorneys at Kelleher Law focus on personal injury and workers’ compensation, helping Florida workers recover and get back to work as quickly as possible. If you are preparing to file for workers’ comp or if your claim has been denied, we are here to help.
Please call 833-546-3675 to schedule your initial consultation. We have offices in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. We assist injured workers living throughout these states.