If your workers’ compensation claim is disputed or denied, you may be feeling down. You received an injury from work, but now you might think there’s nothing you can do about it. Before you give up, there are a few things you can do to help you bounce back after having your claim disputed.
Don’t Make a Wrong Move
The law is very specific about the things you can and cannot do after a dispute. Making just one wrong move could jeopardize the whole case. Make sure you are aware of the laws and the things you can do. One thing you should not do is talk to your employer about the reason for the dispute. This could be one of the worst moves and, the chances are, your employer might not even have the answers you’re trying to find.
Hire the Right Attorney
The difference in your case being able to go on and not can be in a great attorney. You should make sure you hire an attorney who knows about workers’ compensation law. While you could choose from many different law firms, the right one will have knowledge and experience of workers’ compensation. It is a wise idea to hire a lawyer before you even start your claim. You may still be able to get results if you hire one after the dispute.
Appeal the Case on Time
In many states, there is a time limit on responding to the dispute. If you do not take this seriously, you will not have a case anymore. Find out how long you have to file an appeal to the dispute. It can be frustrating to lose your chance at appealing your claim just because you didn’t know there was a time limit or you didn’t take the limit seriously.
Consider Your Options
You do have options for appealing your case. Many people might not know what their options are or that they even have them. A dispute to your worker’s compensation claim is not the end of the world. Many people have filed an appeal and gone on to win their case after receiving an initial dispute from the employer.
Filing your workers’ compensation claim can be intimidating. Trying to deal with all the legal issues of it and understanding the paperwork is hard to handle. By getting the right help, you might be able to appeal and win your case.
Author Information: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.