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Why was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

Why was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

You might expect to start receiving benefits with little difficulty after a job-related injury, but many workers have their benefits claims denied. Seek help from a Matthews workers’ compensation lawyer right away after a denial.


Workers – especially those who are employed in the building and construction industries – can suffer serious injuries while they are on the job. When individuals work around dangerous and heavy construction equipment and have to work from high places (such as atop ladders or scaffolding), they significantly increase their chances of suffering an injury while they are on the job. Potential on-the-job injuries can include broken bones, soft tissue contusions, and traumatic head and brain injuries.


When workers are injured while they are on the job, they may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim seeking various benefits. However, under some circumstances, the claim might end up being denied. 


If you have suffered an injury and your workers’ compensation claim was denied, an experienced attorney might be able to assist. The Matthews workers’ compensation lawyers at the Panchenko Law Firm could help you appeal your benefits claim denial and pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve for your injury or injuries. Please talk with us today to find out more about how we could help you handle your workers’ compensation claim.  

The Worker was an Independent Contractor Rather than an Employee  


In order for a worker to be eligible to assert a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, he or she must suffer an injury while working on the job. The worker must also be injured while working within the scope of his or her employment. Therefore, if the worker is not technically an employee, he or she might be exempted from bringing a workers’ compensation claim. 


In some instances, workers are actually independent contractors rather than employees. An independent contractor is retained for a specific purpose and to do a specific job. However, independent contractors usually do not have a set schedule. They may also be able to set their own pay rate and send their own invoices. Moreover, at tax time, independent contractors will receive a Form 1099, rather than a traditional W-2. 


The Worker was not on the Job at the Time They were Injured


Another common reason why workers’ compensation claims are denied is that the worker was not technically on the job when he or she was injured. For example, the person might have been commuting to or from work when the accident occurred and the person suffered injuries.


Speak to a Matthews Workers’ Compensation Lawyer about Your Legal Issue Today


If you’re eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, as well as a portion of your lost earnings. You might also be eligible to recover certain types of permanency benefits if you suffered a permanent injury in your work-related accident. The skilled legal team at the Panchenko Law Firm can explore your eligibility for various workers’ compensation benefits. 


For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Matthews workers’ attorney, please call us today at (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for more information about how we could help.

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