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Workers' compensation appeals process could be challenging

Workplace injuries can be suffered by any worker in any industry. In most cases, victims of on-the-job accidents can pursue financial relief through the California workers' compensation insurance program. However, filing a benefits claim does not necessarily mean that compensation will be paid.

A denied claim can be appealed, and securing the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney may be a smart choice. A lawyer will know exactly how to proceed, and he or she might start by checking with the insurer to make sure all the necessary documents were filed. The attorney can even request the insurer to reconsider and reverse the rejection of the benefits claim.

If those steps fail, the attorney can assist with the preparation of the paperwork required for an appeal, ensuring that the necessary documents are filed within the allowed time limit. The lawyer can also help with the gathering of evidence to present to the appeals board, which works similarly to a trial in court. The evidence may include additional medical reports and evaluations, along with information about the incident that caused the occupational injuries.

An attorney who has experience in protecting the rights of injured California workers will know the precise requirements of the workers' compensation appeals board. Along with assisting with the preparation for the appeal, the lawyer can also present the claim and the gathered evidence at the appeal hearing. This can be a complex process, so the services of an experienced legal professional can prove invaluable. A successful presentation might result in an award of maximum benefits to cover medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages.

Source: FindLaw, "Denied Workers' Comp? 5 First Steps to Appeal", Daniel Taylor, Accessed on Jan. 19, 2018

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