Upon suffering a workplace injury, you’ll have immediate concerns about your ability to return to work. While this is natural, it’s critical that you first turn your attention to your health, well-being and making a full recovery.
As you learn more about the workers’ compensation system, you may also begin to wonder if a denial is a possibility. There are many reasons why this could happen, such as:
- You did not file a claim for benefits in time
- You did not report the injury to your employer in a timely manner
- Your employer doesn’t believe that you were injured on the job
- You did not receive medical treatment after suffering an injury
These are some of the more common reasons for a workers’ compensation denial, but there’s a silver lining: There are steps you can take to protect yourself against all of these.
For example, rather than take a risk with when you report your injury, do your best to immediately report the incident to your employer.
Is a denial the end of the road?
A workers’ compensation claim denial is frustrating, but it’s far from the end of the road. You have the legal right to appeal the decision, with the intent of having it overturned so you can begin to receive benefits.
The most important thing you can do is understand the reason for the denial. Your denial letter will include everything you need to know. It’s here that you will also find information on the appeals process, including the next steps you need to take.
After you understand your situation, you have the right to request a hearing before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. This is your opportunity to protect your legal rights by explaining why you should receive benefits.
Even if you believe that your workers’ compensation claim will receive immediate approval, don’t assume this will happen. You never know what could go wrong along the way, such as your employer disputing your claim.
You have rights under the workers’ compensation system, so don’t miss out on benefits that are owed to you. Keep fighting until you get all the money you deserve.