Work injuries are all too common. Workers who are injured on the job should be compensated for work-related illnesses and injuries. When someone gets injured at work, workers’ compensation insurance should generally apply if the employer subscribes to workers’ compensation coverage.
But obtaining workers’ comp. benefits is not always easy. Even individuals who have serious, legitimate injuries and illnesses may have their claims denied.
It is important to remember one thing: Workers’ compensation claim denials are common.
If your claim was denied, do not panic. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure you have reported your injury to your supervisor. It is absolutely critical that the injury be reported promptly.
- Documentation is extremely important: It is very helpful to save all medical and other documentation related to your injury or illness.
- See your doctor: Don’t skip your medical appointments. Your recovery is important-seeing your doctor helps you to recover and also demonstrates that your illness or injury is legitimate and significant.
- Get an attorney on your side: Having an attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case. An attorney can help you navigate the appeals process and ensure that your case is strong going forward.
Workers’ compensation is intended to help injured workers recover financially after a workplace injury. Do not be discouraged if you run into issues during the application process. You have options as you move forward through the workers’ compensation system.
Some employers do not subscribe to workers’ compensation; when that occurs, the injured employ may be entitled to sue the employer directly. Also, some businesses, like those in the maritime and railroad industries, are governed by different laws to protect injured employees.
Fortunately, the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, handles a wide variety of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of oil and gas, construction, and other workers in Texas, along with maritime and railroad claims. For a free consultation, please call us at 800-594-4884.