What causes a workers’ compensation claim to be denied?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2020 | Workers' compensation

If you were injured at work and filed a workers’ compensation case it can cover medical bills and lost wages, but what happens if your claim is denied? This can be frustrating and cause you serious financial issues; however, understanding what might result in a denial of your claim may help you decide whether you need legal help to fight the decision. 

Some Florida employers have paid out thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation, including medical costs. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the University of Florida has paid $300,000 in compensation of this kind but denied several claims so far in 2020. While the reasons for these denials are not clear, your claim may be subject to refusal if you did not submit the accident details to your employer in writing. Remember to note the time, date and circumstances of the incident and name any witnesses who saw the injury, as the burden of proof will likely be upon you when it comes to proving your case. 

Workers’ compensation laws in most states require you to see the doctor of your employer’s choosing, and refusing or seeing your own doctor in place of the one your employer directed you to may result in the refusal of benefits. While you might want to get a second opinion from your own physician, following compensation laws can improve the chances of claim approval. 

In some cases, the reasons for the denial of workers’ compensation can be puzzling. However, proper filing and an understanding of the law may help you succeed with your case.