How to Get Medical Care when Your Workers’ Compensation Claim is DeniedBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 9, 2015 | In Workers Compensation Claims
A serious job-related accident can occur at any Los Angeles workplace. If you are hurt on the job, it is your right to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and for a portion of the wages lost as you are recovering from your injuries. Ideally, your employer will help you secure the support you need in a timely manner so that you won’t have to worry about the ever-growing pile of medical bills.
However, it is relatively common for insurance companies and employers to reject legitimate claims and for injured workers to wonder how they will make a full recovery without going bankrupt. Do not give up if your workers’ compensation claim is denied. Instead, take action right away to get the support and compensation you need.
Under California’s workers’ compensation laws, benefits should cover any injury or illness due to a work-related accident. This includes accidents that occur while an employee is at work or when an employee is performing duties related to work. Injured employees are entitled to benefits as long as they can demonstrate that they were hurt because of work.
If your claim is denied, you must take action right away to ensure that your claim is reconsidered. You can contest the denial of your claim by requesting an adjudication of claim at the California State Division of Workers’ Compensation. This will provide you with an opportunity to argue your case in front of a judge.
During the appeals process, you should continue to seek out and receive medical treatment. Keep in mind that doctors and medical providers are not allowed to bill you if you tell them that the damage is work-related. The medical provider may request for you to sign a lien form that will prevent them from billing you until after your case is settled.
In other words, you can continue to receive medical treatment without being billed as long as your case is still active. Therefore, it is crucial that you appeal the decision of the insurance provider right away so that the bills do not start coming. For more information, please contact an experienced Van Nuys workers’ compensation lawyer.