Handling Your Denied Claim
If you were injured in the course of your employment, you probably filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits thinking that would help cover a portion of your lost income and medical expenses while you are unable to work. However, not every claim automatically goes through, and some claims are denied even if they are legitimate.
Our attorneys at Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., have been representing injured workers for over 40 years. If your claim has been denied, you still have options and we can help you through every step of the appeals process.
The Appeals Process
As part of the appeals process, you have the right to request a hearing. This is true regardless of whether or not your employer is objecting to your claim. Your hearing before the Workers’ Compensation Commission is your opportunity to produce any witnesses or evidence that support your claim and to refute any evidence that is being used against you.
If the ruling is still not in your favor, you may be entitled to a rehearing in some circumstances. This could be granted if new evidence has come to light or an error was made during your original hearing. Once the WCC issues a ruling that is considered a final decision, an appeal can be filed with the circuit court. At the circuit court level, the burden will be on you to prove that the previous denials were incorrect. Expert witness testimony may become crucial in order to bolster your case.
Workers’ compensation laws change quickly and there are strict deadlines that need to be met when filing for a hearing or an appeal. However, our attorneys are familiar with these guidelines and can help you fill out the necessary paperwork and gather the documentation you need.
Our lawyers represent injured workers in the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland. If your claim has been denied, we are committed to helping you protect your rights and seek the benefits you need.
Assisting Injured Workers
An initial consultation with one of our Annapolis-based attorneys will not cost you a dime. Contact us at 410-841-5333, 301-261-8858 or toll free at 800-966-5333. You can also use the contact form on our website to get in touch.