Suffering an on-the-job injury is often a life-altering experience. Dealing with those changes is not easy, especially when you are also trying to focus on your recovery. This is where workers’ compensation benefits are supposed to help you bridge the financial gap that your injury created. Unfortunately, workers’ comp denials are not at all uncommon in North Carolina, which means that you might be getting ready to file an appeal.
Navigating a denied claim
Once your claim is denied you only have one choice for moving forward with an appeal — a Commission. A Commission is when you try your workers’ comp case in court. During an appeal you will have to argue that the initial denial was incorrect, and that your benefits claim should have been approved. This typically requires a considerable amount of proof on your part, which may include:
- Medical records
- Doctors’ testimonies
- Additional documentation
This can be a difficult path to navigate all on your own. Although insurance companies portray themselves as ready to help when needed, they generally prioritize their own profits over paying out benefits. Insurance companies may even try to take advantage of injury victims who do not understand the workers’ comp system or their own rights.
In an ideal world, the North Carolina workers’ compensation system would provide benefits to injured workers without creating any additional challenges or hurdles. Sadly, the current system does not always operate this way, which means you need to be prepared to potentially file an appeal even when you are submitting your initial claim. To avoid additional confusion during this process, you should visit our website to learn more about finding the right help.