How can I dispute the denial of my workers’ compensation claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

In Missouri, employees across various industries contribute greatly to the economy, often putting themselves at risk of potential work-related injuries. When these accidents occur, they rely on the workers’ compensation system of the state for financial support during recovery.

However, what happens when their claim is denied? Receiving a denial can be frustrating and confusing, but it is not the end of the road. If you are dealing with a denial, how can you appeal for the benefits you have claimed?

Understand the reasons for the denial

First, it is vital to understand the reasons behind the denial. Common reasons include missing the filing deadline, the injury not being work-related or a lack of sufficient medical evidence.

Also, a disagreement over whether an individual was an employee or an independent contractor can be another justification. An additional reason could be whether they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their injury.

Gather solid evidence

Moreover, it is crucial to gather and present solid evidence to support your claim. This could include medical records, witness statements or other documentation that prove the injury and its impact on your work abilities.

File an appeal

Meanwhile, an employee makes their appeal official by filing an application for review. They have to submit this to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission within a 20-day period after the mailing or notification of the administrative law judge’s award.

Furthermore, if they are not satisfied with the Labor Commission’s award, they may appeal it to the Missouri Court of Appeals. They must submit their notice of appeal within 30 days of the Labor Commission’s issuance of the award. Then, the Labor Commission will forward the appeal to the Court of Appeals.

Fighting for your rights and benefits

The denial of workers’ compensation benefits does not mean your claim is invalid. With legal guidance, you may better handle the challenges of the appeals process. In addition, you may protect your rights and fight for the benefits you deserve while on the road to healing and recovery.

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