You’ve tested positive for COVID-19. You were exposed to the disease at work and have ample proof to back it up. You filed a worker’s compensation claim. But it was denied. Why? 

The worker’s compensation process is not as cut and dry as it should be. But there’s good news. You can appeal. 

How Long Will My Appeal Take?

Appeals can take anywhere between 2-4 months. However, you should not wait to file your appeal because you only have 30 days to do so. It’s in your best interest to hire an experienced and reputable worker’s compensation attorney if you’re considering appealing your denial or determination. Your attorney can explain the different levels of appeal and dispute resolution alternatives to you and help you determine which option is best to ensure success for your case. 

Reasons for Denial

Common reasons your worker’s compensation claim might be denied include any one of the following:

  • The injury that you suffered is not considered “serious” by worker’s compensation guidelines.
  • It is deemed that your injury was not incurred at work or during the course of employment. 
  • Your injury did not require medical treatment. 
  • Your injury did not require you to take time off from work. 

What Happens If None of the Above Pertain to Your Claim?

Every state has time limits for reporting workplace injuries and filing worker’s compensation claims, so if you missed an important deadline, your claim can be denied. Your state guidelines may not allow for certain conditions or illnesses, and some injuries may not be severe enough for worker’s compensation, resulting in a denial of your claim. You could also be denied if you’re no longer employed by the company where your injury occurred. Most worker’s compensation insurers will deny claims if the employee quit, was laid off, or fired. It might not be clear why your claim was denied, which makes appealing your denial more difficult. 

Give Us A Call 

Like other worker’s comp claimants, when you opened the letter from worker’s compensation, you were presumably expecting to read a monetary determination. Unfortunately, worker’s compensation claim denials happen more often than they should. Our experienced workers compensation attorneys will work diligently during the appeal process and fight for every penny you deserve. Let us take the stress of your worker’s compensation claim off of your plate. After all, you should be focusing on recovering from your illness or injury. 

James Roswold
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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.