When you sustain an injury while on the job, workers’ compensation can provide crucial support in covering medical expenses and lost wages. However, if your workers’ comp claim gets denied, it can leave you feeling frustrated and unsure of what to do next.
Here are some steps to take if you are in Illinois and they deny your workers’ comp case.
1. Understand the reason for the denial
Possible reasons for denial of your claim could be missing deadlines, lack of evidence or an employer dispute. Knowing the reason can help you determine your next course of action and how to potentially appeal the decision.
2. File an appeal
If you believe that it was unfair to deny your claim, you have the right to file an appeal with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This will trigger a hearing before an arbitrator who will review your case and make a decision on whether to overturn the denial.
3. Seek assistance
Understanding what is happening when you make an appeal can be confusing, especially if you are dealing with an injury or medical condition. You may consider seeking assistance from other resources, such as the IWCC or your employer’s HR department. They can help you understand your rights, navigate the appeals process and advocate for your case.
4. Follow through on appeals decisions
If your appeal is successful, it is important to follow through on the decisions made by the IWCC. This may include receiving medical treatment, participating in vocational rehabilitation or receiving compensation for lost wages.
Remember to prioritize your health and well-being throughout the process. By taking proactive steps and advocating for your case, you can potentially overturn the denial and receive the support and compensation you need.