Did you know that most worker’s compensation claims are initially denied? Many of them are denied again the second time they’re filed. If you’re filling out a worker’s compensation claim because of an injury that occurred at your job, you’re going to need to make sure you understand what you can do to lower your chances of being denied. You will want to make sure you have a better chance of obtaining the compensation you need.
If you have any questions or concerns about worker’s compensation, we can help you. We’re able to start working on your case from the beginning to give you a better chance of avoiding a denial and the complicated appeals process. We have years of experience helping others just like you and know what to do for you to get the compensation you deserve after a workplace injury.
Make Sure You’re Meeting All Deadline
In Biloxi MS, there are two main deadlines you need to be concerned with. You’ll need to make sure you talk with your employer within 30 days of the injury occurring and you’ll need to make sure you file a claim within 2 years of the injury date. If you miss either one of these dates, you may no longer be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Go ahead and talk to your employer immediately after the injury has occurred. Let them know how you were injured, why the injury occurred, and what injuries you’ve suffered, if they’re known yet. This should be done right away so you can seek medical attention and get your claim started.
Once your employer knows about the injuries, you can go ahead and start the claims process. You’ll need to file with your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance, and they’ll provide the paperwork you need to fill out to get your claim started. Although you have 2 years to start the claim, the faster you can get started, the easier it may be for you to get the compensation you’re entitled to. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and risk not getting everything done in time to meet the deadline.
Have All Paperwork Ready to Go
Make sure you keep all paperwork relevant to your claim as organized as possible. When you’re filing for workers compensation Biloxi, you’ll want to have as much relevant paperwork as possible handy in case it’s needed. It’s far better to provide too much information about your expenses from the injuries than to fail to show all of your expenses.
In a notebook or binder, keep all medical bills and receipts. You’ll also want to keep a record of the mileage for doctor’s visits as you can be provided compensation for your medical-related travels. Keep notes about your injuries and recovery and a timeline of what happened in your notebook as well so you can easily refer back to it and remember what happened on what date if needed.
Fill Out Forms Carefully and Completely
When you’re filling out any forms for worker’s compensation, be as thorough and careful as possible. Mistakes on these forms are one reason a person can be denied compensation and you’ll need to them go through the appeals process to try to get the compensation you deserve. It could also lead to your settlement offer being too low if you left out information about medical or related expenses you had.
This is one part of the claims process where a Biloxi workers comp attorney can be helpful. We know how to fill out these forms, what information needs to be included with them, and what should be done to give you a better chance of being approved. We can help you fill out and file all of these forms to ensure they aren’t missing something that could be vital in your case.
Be Prepared for Possible Denial Reasons and Know How to Appeal
When you’re filling out everything for workers compensation Biloxi, mistakes or missing information can lead to a denial or a lower settlement. You may also be denied compensation because of what your employer says occurred. For instance, they might claim you were not injured at work or you were under the influence and, therefore, not entitled to compensation. The more you understand potential denial reasons and prepare for them, the higher your chance is of being approved.
A denial for workers comp Biloxi is not the end of the process, but you will need to go through the appeals process to try to obtain the compensation you need. It’s imperative you seek legal assistance at this point of the process as you have already been denied once and will want to make sure you give yourself a much better chance of being approved the second time around.
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