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April 15, 2023

Filing A Workers Compensation Claim

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Posted in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Related News

Although a system has been set up to allow injured workers to file for benefits with a worker’s compensation lawyer, the process is often overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming. If any part of the form is inaccurately completed or a step is not carried out correctly, you could experience a delay in benefits or complete denial. In general, any claim that involves the following should be overseen by workers’ compensation lawyers:

  • Significant time off work
  • Extensive medical treatment
  • A disability
  • Moderate to severe injury
  • A serious illness
  • A death

From start to finish, Hickey & Turim, S. C. may guide you through the process of filing a claim. If you do not understand something at any time, we encourage you to ask questions. Should you have already filed a claim on your own but were denied workers’ compensation, we are prepared to take an aggressive approach in disputing claim denials. Information that might help move your claim along includes:

  • Proof of employment
  • Personal records
  • Medical records
  • Doctors narratives
  • Hospital reports
  • Rehabilitation or therapy records
  • Medical bills
  • Any other losses
  • Any potential evidence (e.g., photos or videos of the scene or your injuries)

Rights Violations & Workplace Injuries

If you believe your rights have been violated after being injured on the job, it’s prudent to talk with our lawyers. Wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination are unfortunately all too common when an employee tries to file workers’ comp. These matters are illegal and should be brought to the state’s attention and the appropriate governing organizations. Workers’ compensation lawyers may help to do this while also getting you workers’ compensation benefits.

Reasons Claim Is Denied

There are several instances where the response of the workers’ comp insurance provider may warrant a call to one of our workers’ compensation lawyers for assistance. There could be many reasons the company denied your claim:

  • No one witnessed your accident
  • The medical records do not match up with the details of the accident
  • There was a delay in reporting the injury
  • You were under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident
  • The claim was submitted after you no longer worked at the company
  • You did not agree to sign any medical authorizations or provide the insurance provider with a recorded statement

If you have a pre-existing condition. Your claim may have been denied because it was a recurring injury on the same part of your body. The workers’ comp company may claim that the injury was caused by your pre-existing condition and not the condition at your place of employment.

If you haven’t been approved for surgery for your injuries because of the costs, an attorney can help you deal with the insurance provider to expedite the approval process so that you can get the treatment you are entitled to receive. Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer from Hickey & Turim, S.C. can often help you get a larger settlement. Your lawyer will have experience in negotiating with the insurance providers and understand the intricacies associated with workers’ compensation insurance claims.

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