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How can a workers' comp claim be denied in Illinois?

If a person in Illinois is injured on the job and cannot work for an extended period, they may assume they are automatically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, life is not always that easy and sometimes a person's initial application for workers' compensation benefits in Illinois may be denied. The following are some common reasons for a denied workers' compensation claim.

Illinois police officer awarded $45,963 in workers' comp benefits

The work of police officers in our state is crucial to the safety of our community. However, it is undeniable that being a police officer can be a dangerous profession. So, when a police officer is injured in the course of his or her job duties, he or she will want to pursue workers' compensation benefits, just like any other injured worker would. A denied workers' compensation claim could necessitate an appeal before the worker is awarded the benefits he or she deserves.

What can Illinois workers do when denied workers' comp?

It is easy to understand why some jobs, such as those in the construction or manufacturing industries, could lead to on-the-job injuries. However, even those who work in an office could suffer a workplace injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome if they type at a computer all day long or a back injury if they strain to lift something heavy. When workers in Illinois are injured in whole or in part from their work, they may want to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Denied workers' compensation claims can be appealed

When a worker in Peoria is injured on-the-job, they may feel it is obvious that their claim for workers' compensation benefits should be approved. However, sometimes, workers in Illinois find that their initial claim for benefits is denied. But, this is not the end of the story. There are processes in which a worker can appeal a denied workers' compensation claim.

Don't be discouraged by a denied workers' compensation claim

It can be incredibly discouraging for an injured worker in Illinois to go through the entire process of applying for workers' compensation benefits only to have their application denied. However, a denied claim for benefits is not the end of the story. It is possible to appeal a denied claim.

Why might an Illinois workers' compensation claim be denied?

When a person in Peoria is injured on the job, it can be a significant blow physically, mentally and financially. On-the-job injuries can be very serious, leading to extensive medical treatments, emotional trauma and the inability to work to earn an income. For these reasons, Illinois has a workers' compensation system that is meant to provide a financial safety net for those who find themselves injured on the job and unable to work.

Help when a workers' compensation claim has been denied

Nothing in life is guaranteed, including the approval of a workers' compensation claim. Requests for workers' compensation benefits are subject to strict review and may be denied if they are deemed deficient or lack sufficient information on which to base approvals. While it is a good idea to submit a workers' compensation request with the most relevant information possible, those who receive a denial of the request should know that their fight for benefits may not be over.

Reasons for workers' compensation denial

Recently, this blog posted an article concerning the role that alleged horseplay may have in the denial of a claim for workers' compensation benefits. If an Illinois worker is claimed to have suffered a workplace injury because they were acting silly or goofing around, then it is possible that their request for benefits may be denied as their harm was not the result of wrongdoing by their employer. Horseplay is not the only cause of denied workers' compensation claims and this post will mention a few others.

When horseplay is the alleged cause of a workplace injury

Even for the most dedicated worker, it is challenging to stay completely focused and on-task 100 percent of the time when at work. Illinois workers bond with their supervisors and co-workers when they get to know them on a more personal level. However, when workers allow their on-the-job interactions to digress and injuries occur, they may have challenges seeking workers' compensation.

A denial may not be the end of your workers' comp claim

Getting hurt on the job is frustrating. A Peoria worker may feel as though steps were missed in keeping them safe as they performed the duties of their employment or that the cause of their harm could have been prevented. Regardless of how they ended up with a work-related injury, that individual may miss time on the job and the pay that accompanies putting in the time at their place of employment.

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