If you received a job-related injury or illness, workers’ compensation can be a valuable resource to help you get back on your feet and ready to return to work. Unfortunately, some workers’ compensation claims in Massachusetts are denied. This may be due to a variety of factors, including how soon you reported your injury to your employer or whether someone else witnessed the injury. Some conditions, such as work-related post-traumatic stress disorder or a job-related illness, may be difficult to prove and can initially result in the denial of your claim.
Fortunately, you have the option to appeal the rejection of your workers’ compensation case. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, there are numerous steps you will need to take to appeal your workers’ compensation claim. These include:
- Obtaining and filling out the proper forms to appeal the denial
- Including medical evidence and other documentation to support your injury claim, such as doctor reports and medical bills
- Sending in all paperwork in a timely manner
Once your forms have been received, a conciliation meeting will be scheduled to begin the process of disputing your denial. During this meeting, you will discuss your case with an official conciliator, your employer’s insurer and your attorney if you have one. If it is determined that your injury or illness occurred on the job, it is possible your workers’ compensation case can be approved. It’s important to understand that the above is general information and is not to be taken as legal advice.