If you are injured at work, you will depend on your workers’ compensation benefits to get medical care. Workers’ comp allows you to recover some of your lost wages from being out of work during the healing period. Being denied workers’ comp can be shocking, leaving you and your family to wonder how you will make it financially. Here are some common reasons why a workers’ compensation claim is rejected and what your next step should be.
1. Failed Drug Test
If you went to the hospital after your injury and informed them that you were hurt at work, they may automatically request a drug and alcohol screen. Failing this screen — whether you were intoxicated at work or not — usually causes an automatic denial of a workers’ comp claim.
2. Failure to Report
It is critical that you report any injury to your employer as soon as possible, regardless if it was minor. You must fill out a formal accident report, even if your employer discourages you from doing so. If you don’t fill out a report, or wait to do so, your claim might be denied. The denial is on the basis that the injury wasn’t significant enough to warrant your immediate report and therefore you do not need benefits.
3. Conflicting Witness Testimonies
If anyone witnessed the accident, they are required to provide their own statements to your employer and/or the workers’ compensation board. These statements are then compared to your accident report. If there are discrepancies between the two, your claim may be denied on this basis alone. It is important that your report matches witness testimonies. However, it is even more important that your report include the truth. If your employer has coerced other employees into lying, an attorney can help you during the appeal.
Contact Pepper & Odom, P.C. Today
At Pepper & Odom, P.C., we’re experienced personal injury lawyers. We work with a wide variety of injured clients, including those injured at work, in car accidents, or because of defective products. Trust that when we represent you in a workers’ compensation denial case, we’ll exhaust every possible resource to help you appeal and get the benefits you need. Call us today for a consultation to discuss your specific needs at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.