Major Workers' Compensation Issues And What You Can Do About Them

Many employees have been caught taking advantage of workers' compensation insurance or scamming the system. As a result, employers and workers' compensation officials have become very wary of individuals who use these benefits, whether they have cause for concern or not. If you have been injured on the job, you may run into problems when you try to utilize workers' compensation benefits. The following are the biggest problems for recipients of workers' compensation benefits.

Denial of Benefits

Many individuals who are eligible for benefits and have a qualifying event happen to them while on the job are completely denied workers' compensation benefits. There are several reasons for this: incomplete paperwork, lack of compelling evidence showing justification for access to benefits, and even delays in filing for benefits. You can also be denied workers' compensation if you use an unapproved physician, you fail to seek treatment in a timely manner or you don't seek treatment at all. If the injury is not work-related or happened while you were intoxicated or in violation of safety standards, your benefits may also be denied.

Reduction or Discontinuation of Benefits 

You may also see your benefits stopped or reduced after they are awarded to you. Again, the most common reasons for an adjustment in benefits, sudden discontinuation in benefits, or denial of benefits after you have been receiving them are listed above. Having your benefits reduced or denied can be frustrating; however, there are options for you to get help and get the benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you have been denied workers' compensation, have been awarded less than you feel you are entitled to, or you have had your benefits reduced after the initial award of benefits, you have options. You don't have to take the decision of the workers' compensation board. You can petition for re-adjudication. While it is possible to do this on your own, the outcome likely won't be a positive result. It is important to seek the services of a qualified attorney that deals solely with workers' compensation cases.

Your attorney knows the ins and outs of the workers' compensation system and can prepare an appeal that will get your benefits awarded if they have been denied, or increased if they have been reduced. However, you only have a short window of time to act after a decision has been made on your benefits, so it is important to act quickly and contact a workers compensation lawyer immediately to protect your rights under the workers' compensation laws in your state.