The employee should then file for workers compensation, and the employer shall take care of his treatment. However, in some cases the employer denies workers compensation claims. There could be several reasons behind this. Here are some of them:
No One Witnessed the InjuryOne common reason employers deny workers compensation is that no one witnessed the injury. Employers often treat such cases with suspicion. This is why it is important for an injured worker to immediately bring their injury to the attention of their supervisor.
Discrepancy between Initial Medical Report and Accident RecordsInconsistencies in the statements pertaining to the injury and how it happened can work against you. Your statement about how the injury occurred should be substantiated with the initial medical report, and also by your co-workers, supervisors, and other eye witnesses.
Delay in Reporting the InjuryAgain, an injured worker should report his injury to the employer soon after it occurs. Any delay will only jeopardize your chances of getting workers compensation benefits.
The Employee Filed Claim after Getting Laid OffWe have come across several cases where the employee delayed filing the workers compensation claim, and by the time he did, he got fired or laid off from work. In such cases, the employer often thinks that the employer is making a revenge claim.
The Employee Refused to Sign Medical Authorizations or Provide Recorded StatementInsurance companies may require the injured employee to provide a written record of the accident, or sign medical authorizations allowing the insurer to access his medical records. Refusal to do so may give the insurance company an opportunity to deny the claim.
St. Louis Workers Compensation AttorneyIn some cases, the employer or the insurance company may deliberately try to find faults to refuse workers compensation. In such cases, the employee should consult an experienced Missouri Workers Compensation Lawyer to discuss his case, and approach workers compensation authorities to appeal the denial of benefits.
An attorney will help prepare all the paperwork and evidence to help fight your case. At the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann we can guide you through every step of the process, and act in your best interest to ensure that you get the rightful compensation that you deserve.
Call us today at (314) 361-4300 to schedule a free consultation with a workers compensation attorney at our law office.
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