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What To Do If Your Claim Is Denied

Bethlehem Workers' Compensation Lawyer Explains Process

Many people assume they will automatically receive workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania if they sustain an injury or illness at work. What many people might not realize is that their application for such benefits can be and frequently is denied.

When this happens, it's important to take immediate legal action to make sure you receive the benefits you rightfully deserve. That's why it's important to contact our Bethlehem law firm as soon as possible.

Attorney Anthony R. Vellner and his talented legal team at Vellner Law, PC have decades of experience handling some of the most complex workers' compensation claims in Lehigh Valley and throughout the region. That's why we want to meet with you.

Who Denies Claims?

Workers' compensation claims can be denied by many different people. Initially, your employer might be the one who denies your claim. Other times, it could be your employer's insurance company that decides to deny paying you workers' compensation benefits. Or a Bureau of Workers' Compensation Judge might be the one who denied your claim.

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When this occurs, you will likely receive an official notice from the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation informing you that you are not eligible to receive benefits. The most common notifications you will likely receive include:

  • Notice of Workers' Compensation Denial (if you have never received benefits before)
  • Notice Stopping Temporary Compensation (if you were already receiving benefits)

Why Claims Denied?

The reasons why workers' compensation claim applications are denied can cover a wide range. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Employer or insurance company does not believe you are injured.
  • Your employer-appointed physician does not believe you're hurt.
  • Your workers' compensation application was filled out wrong.
  • Your application was submitted after the 120-day deadline.
  • Your employer believes you sustained your injury outside of work.

Whatever their reasons, we can help you pursue the benefits you rightfully deserve if you've been injured or sustained a serious illness at work.

What To Do

The most important thing to do is to contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with us. We can explain in detail how the process works and what we can do to help you obtain the benefits you rightfully deserve. Often, the process includes filing a Claim Petition with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

Once you file a Claim Petition, an assigned Workers' Compensation Judge will schedule a series of Hearings and in time rule on your petition/case. In the Lehigh Valley, Judges in Allentown and Easton handle such cases. We can help prepare your Claim or any needed Petition and appear with you in court. We know the Judges, the rules, and the information they want to see, and we understand how to prepare a successful Claim.

You have too much at stake to take chances with your future. Contact Vellner Law, PC and make sure you give your workers' compensation case the strongest opportunity for success. Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries.