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How to succeed on a workers’ compensation claim appeal

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

It can feel like your legs have been cut out from under you when your workers’ compensation claim is denied. But even though it can feel like a punch to the gut, you shouldn’t accept defeat. There’s an appellate avenue available that could still provide you with the relief that you seek. As you navigate that process, though, you need to be fully prepared so that you maximize your chances of success.

How can you adequately prepare for your workers’ compensation claim appeal?

You have the opportunity to present new evidence at certain stages in your appeal. Therefore, as you prepare your appellate case, consider doing the following:

  • Getting another medical opinion: The doctor you saw initially might’ve missed a key aspect of your injuries or minimized their extent. A second opinion could give you new evidence needed to succeed on your claim.
  • Documenting worsening symptoms: If your condition has worsened since your initial claim, then you’ll want to bring that evidence to light. A more recent medical examination can help you do that, but so can your own personal account.
  • Gathering witness statements: Some workers’ compensation claims are denied due to a worker’s alleged negligence. If that’s happened in your case, then it’s imperative that you submit witness statements that speak to the workplace accident that caused your injuries.
  • Following the process: You have to adhere to the logistics of a workers’ compensation appeal, otherwise you may not even get the opportunity to submit the additional evidence you’ve gathered to support your claim.

Don’t let a shot at recovering workers’ compensation pass you by

Workers’ compensation benefits can provide a lifeline while you try to recover from your injuries. You can’t afford to let these benefits go. So, carefully think through the best way to present your case and diligently work to gather the evidence needed to present robust and persuasive legal arguments.