Dealing With A Denied Workers' Compensation Claim
Don't Give Up. Talk To An Experienced Pennsylvania Attorney.
Employees who are injured on the job typically report their accident or occupational illness to a supervisor or manager in a timely fashion, which begins the claims process. The majority of workers in Philadelphia and across the state are covered by the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, but that doesn't mean everyone who files a claim gets approved for benefits. The Workers' Compensation insurance company - or even your employer - may look for a reason to delay, deny or reject a claim.
Workers across all industries - from construction and machinery workers to delivery drivers and office workers - can suddenly be injured in any number of ways. Furthermore, for workers who develop an occupational illness that develops gradually, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, mesothelioma or cancer, it can be a tough, uphill battle to prove the condition was work-related. But all workers seeking benefits have the right to file a Claim Petition with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for a hearing before a workers' comp judge. You have three years from the date of the injury to file the petition.
Why are Workers' Compensation Claims Denied in Pennsylvania?
The following are a few reasons why a claim may be denied:
- A Workers' Compensation doctor may say the injured worker can return to work before he or she is physically able to do so.
- The employer disputes the claim, arguing that the injury was not work-related, was the result of a pre-existing condition or that the claim wasn't filed on time.
- The insurance adjuster may argue that the injury didn't happen at work.
At the Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC, we're familiar with common insurance company tactics. Attorney Jaffe, prior to founding this law firm, was an associate at a prominent insurance defense firm for several years. This insight into how insurance companies handle Workers' Compensation Claims means he can provide high quality representation for injured workers on current claims.
Attorney Jaffe and his team aren't intimidated by Workers' Compensation insurance adjusters. We have the experience and resources necessary to get your employer and Workers' Compensation insurance adjuster to take your injuries seriously. We can help you document every detail of your injury. We'll take photos of your job site or work location. What may appear to be a minor detail may be a critical piece of evidence to support your case.
If you've been injured at work and you're facing a denied claim, contact us today. Don't let insurance adjusters, doctors or negligent employers downplay the cause or extent of your injuries. The Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC will work tirelessly to secure the benefits you need and deserve. Contact our Philadelphia office today at 866-800-3332 for a free case evaluation.