If you suffer an injury at work, you hope that it’s not serious enough to keep you away from your job for an extended period of time. But if your medical team suggests a long recovery period, you’ll want to learn more about your legal rights under the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system.
While you expect your workers’ compensation claim to result in immediate payments, this doesn’t always happen. You could receive a denial letter for many reasons, such as:
- You didn’t report the injury to your employer in time (you have 21 days in Pennsylvania)_
- You waited too long to file a workers’ compensation claim
- Your employer disputes the idea that you were injured on the job
- You did not receive medical treatment for the injury
- You can’t prove that the injury is work-related
These aren’t the only reasons for a workers’ compensation claim denial, but they’re among the most common. Should you feel that the decision was made in error, you may be able to rectify the situation by providing additional information.
Conversely, there are times when you have to move through many steps of the appeal process, such as if your employer is arguing that you didn’t suffer the injury on the job.
The workers’ compensation system is in place to provide you with compensation if you suffer an injury or contract an illness as a result of your employment.
In the unfortunate event of a denial, don’t give up. File an appeal and continue with the process until you begin to receive the money that’s owed to you.