Appeal Workers’ Compensation Denial in Detroit
If you suffered a serious injury in a workplace incident—or if persistent strain on the job has caused you health problems over time—you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
These benefits can make a crucial difference in your life, paying you lost wages and covering your medical treatment.
Many people who file for injured worker benefits are initially denied.
If this happened to you, don’t give up. A denial doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible. You can appeal the decision.
With help from a workers’ comp attorney, you still may receive the benefits you deserve.
Since 1964, Levine Benjamin Law Firm has been proud to help families coping with health and financial worries in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all across Michigan.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
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What to Do when You’re Denied Workers’ Comp
When you’re turned down for workers’ comp benefits, first find out what caused this denial. The reason should be described in your denial letter.
In Michigan you’ll have to file an appeal with the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency.
Make sure you add new information to your case at this stage. If you don’t, you’ll likely get denied again.
It’s important to work with a workers’ comp attorney on your appeal. You don’t want to go into a mediation process with an insurance company without somebody to represent you.
And the insurance company doesn’t always keep your best interests at heart.
Reasons They Denied Your Claim
Several factors can cause a workers’ comp claim denial:
- Reporting your injury too late: In Michigan, you have 90 days to start your claim process by reporting your injury to your employer. You should report your injury immediately.
- Lack of evidence: Your claim may be denied if the insurance company thinks you don’t have enough evidence that your injury was work-related. A workers’ comp lawyer can help you find additional evidence.
- Your employer fights your claim: Your employer, or their insurance company, may simply choose to fight the claim. They might be more worried about costs than about your well-being.
None of these reasons mean you won’t ultimately be eligible for benefits on appeal.
When you work with a knowledgeable, experienced workers’ comp attorney at Levine Benjamin, you have peace of mind knowing professionals are handling your appeal.
The quicker you get legal help, the quicker you may receive the benefits you need to move forward with your life.
If your injury or illness is expected to keep you from working for at least one year, we can also help you with the Social Security Disability application process.
We’ve helped more than 80,000 people win disability benefits.