Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims

Was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

Workers’ compensation claims will often be denied for reasons that have nothing to do with the fact that you have a legitimate injury or occupational disease. At Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office, we have helped hundreds of workers obtain benefits after their employer has denied their claim.

If your employer or their work comp insurance carrier denies your claim, in most instances, you may have an opportunity to appeal that decision at a hearing. However, your appeal rights are not absolute. The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act has hard and fast rules about when and how you must bring a claim. It is important that you seek legal representation for any claim as soon as possible. Without a lawyer to guide you through the process, you could end up accidentally damaging your case.

Why Was My Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

One of the most common causes of claim denial is a lack of proper medical documentation. If you are injured at work and go to a company doctor, you may not even be aware that a claim has been filed. Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company may have filed the claim on your behalf.

Another reason why claims are often denied is a misclassification of your injury. For example, you may file a claim for a back “strain” that turns out to be a herniated disc. At this point, your claim needs to be amended.

You should not assume that your employer will look out for your best interests. This holds doubly true for your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In fact, they can − and often do − actively participate against you. The Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is an administrative body that does its best to follow the rules, but they do not represent you. The only person who will advocate for your position is your lawyer.

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If your employer or its insurer denies any of your claims, contact our Mankato, Minnesota, workers’ compensation attorneys to arrange an initial consultation.