Workplace accidents often result in serious injuries that can take weeks, months, or even years to recover from. When employees suffer from these injuries, they have the right to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, securing this compensation – and the full amount of benefits under the law – is not always easy.
Insurance companies pay workers’ compensation benefits. They are more interested in keeping more of their profits for themselves than working in an employee’s best interests. To do that, insurers regularly deny or underpay valid workers’ compensation claims.
When that is the case, a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer can help navigate the workers’ comp system and obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact the Augusta law firm of Gregory Smith Law, LLC now for a free claim review and discussion about how we can help.
How an Attorney Can Help with a Denied Claim
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied by the insurance company, it is important that you do not go through the process alone. The hearing process is complex and if not done properly, it can result in your claim being denied by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
An attorney can help your claim denial in many ways, including:
- Prepare your case for a hearing. If your claim was denied by your employer or its insurance company, you may have to attend a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). This hearing can be intimidating for people who have never been through one and have never had to testify before a judge. Our attorney can prepare a solid case for this hearing, help you understand what you should expect, and inform you of the questions the insurance company lawyer will likely ask.
- Ensure you have all the evidence you need to win your case. You will need clear, persuasive evidence to support your claim at a hearing. You will need to collect and present all of your medical records, particularly the ones that specify that you injured yourself at work and are disabled. Our lawyer can collect these documents for you and present them during your hearing.
- Deliver a winning argument. Your lawyer can give you the best chance of a winning a denied claim by building a convincing case and arguing it persuasively to the Administrative Law Judge. Our Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer knows what it takes to see that a valid claim is approved and benefits are paid appropriately.
Why Would a Workers’ Comp Claim Be Denied?
There are many reasons why a workers’ compensation claim could be denied. Some of the most common reasons for a denied claim include:
- You missed the deadline to submit your claim.
- The employer denies that your injury occurred at work.
- There were not any witnesses to the accident.
- There is a discrepancy between your version of events and your employer’s.
- You failed to provide medical records that document your injury.
- Your employer claims that you were an independent contractor, and not an employee.
- Your employer claims that your injury is from a pre-existing condition.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied for any reason, you will need an attorney to help you prepare your case for a hearing.
Talk to a Georgia Workers’ Comp Lawyer Now
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied by the insurance company, it is important that you understand that you have the right to request a fair and impartial hearing before an Administrative Law Judge of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. It is crucial that you speak to an Augusta workers’ compensation lawyer who can represent you and stand with you during this complex process.
At Gregory Smith Law, LLC, we can determine why your claim was denied and support you through every step of the hearing process. When you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits or your claim has been underpaid, we are here to help. Call us today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.