When you are injured at work, it is important to get in touch with an attorney who fully understands workers' compensation law, your rights, the process of securing benefits and how to successfully appeal a denial of benefits.
Your workers' compensation benefits could be denied for several reasons. They could even stop once they have started. If your employer or the insurance company decides within 90 days of you first receiving benefits that there is reason to deny your claim, your benefits could come to a halt. You will then be responsible for your medical costs, and your wage loss compensation will end.
Why Would Your Workers' Comp Medical Treatment Be Denied?
- Your application for workers' compensation benefits may have been missing information, submitted late or suspected of inaccuracy for some reason. Such errors and oversights can be fixed, but you should speak with one of our lawyers to ensure that your issue can be fixed and that it is fixed efficiently.
- Your employer or the insurance company may claim that you are not covered under the workers' comp insurance plan. This is not true. All workers, even undocumented workers, are entitled to workers' comp benefits.
- The doctor could determine that your injury is a pre-existing condition, that it was caused by a pre-existing condition not aggravated at work or that your injury was not related to your direct responsibilities at work. This often happens when employers tell injured employees that they must get treatment only from a doctor of the employer's choice, which is not true.
- You have the right to choose your own physician.
- The insurance company could conclude that you have not been following your treatment plan closely enough or that accurate reporting of your recovery progress has not occurred.
- The insurance company could determine that you can return to work safely and that you no longer need full benefits or no longer need benefits at all.
Our Attorneys Will Help You Get The Benefits You Deserve
We have settled disputes statewide in the process required by the Louisiana Office of Workers' Compensation Administration (OWCA), and we represent injured workers from all industries throughout southeast Louisiana.
If your injury is job-related, you are entitled to lifetime medical care pertaining to the injury.
At Schwartz Law Firm LLC, we serve clients from our Baton Rouge office and Metairie office, which covers the New Orleans area. Our attorneys bring over 25 years of combined experience to your case, and we have a strong track record with workers' compensation appeals.
If you have been denied workers' compensation benefits, we will help you gather all necessary documentation and evidence for your appeal. We will handle all legal aspects of your case and prepare you well for your day in court.
Get A Free Consultation With An Attorney
Please call our law firm at 504-266-0253 or toll free at 800-711-9366 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We are available 24/7 by phone and email.
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