Was Your Workers’ Comp Claim Denied? Find Out Your Options.
After going through the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois, you find out your claim has been denied. Do not give up or panic. It is not extremely uncommon for a workers’ comp or disability claim to be denied. In fact, many workers have to continue down the administrative process to obtain their benefits. If you have been denied workers’ comp benefits, it is very important that you obtain a lawyer if you already haven’t. It is recommended that you have experienced legal counsel from the beginning of your case.
Helping Injured Workers With Denied Claims Since 1978
At John Lesaganich, P.C., Attorney at Law, our founding attorney has been helping clients with workers’ compensation claims for nearly four decades. His extensive experience on both sides of the workers’ compensation issue provides a well-rounded and knowledgeable view of this area of the law. Whether it is negotiating with your employer’s insurance carrier or representing you at arbitration after a denied workers’ compensation claim, John Lesaganich will be there for you every step of the way.
Every workers’ comp case is different, and even you think your denied claim means your situation is over, you should not stop here. There are many reasons why a claim is denied. Sometimes it is because the right information wasn’t provided. Other times it could be due to the insurance company. That is why it is so important after suffering an injury at work to seek a legal professional’s advice.
Do Not Give Up After A Denied Claim
So you get a call, and your employer’s insurance carrier tells you your worker’s compensation claim was denied. First of all, your employer is required to send you a letter in writing explaining why your claim was denied. Secondly, the road to benefits doesn’t stop here. An attorney can find out why you were denied and then help determine the next course of action in filing again.
Once all the information has been gathered for this next step, your case should be submitted to the IWCC (“Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission”). You can appeal the denial and request a hearing before an arbitrator. Furthermore, you have to file a petition for the hearing (Application for Adjustment of Claim). There are time limitations and deadlines that must be met from the date of your injury. Generally, this is three years.
Having a seasoned workers’ comp lawyer handle a denied claim and appeal for you can sometimes make all the difference. Especially when you are injured and should be focusing on getting better rather than dealing with insurance companies, arbitrators and legal issues on your own.
Talk To Us Today For Help With Your Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim
Our law office is located in Peoria, Illinois. For more information and to discuss your specific situation with our dedicated Peoria workers’ compensation lawyer in a free initial consultation, contact us online. You can also reach us at 309-637-4052.