Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Athens
Huntsville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
A work injury has the potential to disrupt your entire life. Recovering from an injury and being unable to work interrupts the injury victim’s source of income while simultaneously contributing to added expenses. Fortunately, the workers’ compensation system is in place to account for the damages caused by an occupational injury.
Of course, it’s not a perfect system. Workers’ compensation claims can be denied, benefits can be insufficient, and disputes can arise. Whether you are interested in discussing your options following a recent work injury or are facing a claim denial and would like to appeal your case, the Huntsville and Athens workers’ compensation lawyers of Shipman & Associates, P.C. can help.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
The workers’ compensation system provides benefits to employees who have been injured in a work-related incident. The benefits cover the costs associated with such injuries, primarily medical expenses. The purpose of a workers’ compensation claim is not limited just to paying for medical bills, however. Through a successful workers’ compensation claim, an injured employee can receive coverage for all of the expenses that resulted from their injury — this may include lost wages, travel expenses, and more.
Workers’ compensation differs from a typical personal injury claim in a significant way: It is a no-fault system that does not attribute liability to a negligent party. Therefore, an employer’s role in an injury will not factor into a claim and they will not be held liable for any additional damages. Workers’ compensation also does not account for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. The goal of a successful workers’ compensation claim is the recovery of financial damages only, although the types of available financial benefits can vary widely.
What to Do if Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied
It is an unfortunate possibility that your workers’ compensation claim could be denied. There are some legitimate, legally-sound reasons for workers’ compensation claim denials: Late filings, misconduct, and incomplete processes are a few factors that can warrant a denial. Under these circumstances and others, employers may be in the right to deny a workers’ compensation claim.
Sadly, many workers’ compensation claims get denied for reasons that are not legitimate. An employer may say that the claim was denied for a fair reason, when in reality the claim was denied so they could save money or not be labeled as an unsafe business. If your claim was wrongfully denied, you may be able to appeal your case. Our Athens workers’ compensation lawyers can help you through the appeals process and recover the benefits you deserve.
To begin the process of appealing your workers’ compensation claim, you will need to provide evidence that you are entitled to benefits and that your claim was denied under false pretenses. For example, if your employer said your claim was denied because they believe your injury was not work-related, your appeal must prove the link between your job role and your injury. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Huntsville and Athens could help you in this situation by collecting evidence of your injury and finding expert medical witnesses who can demonstrate the work relation to your employer.
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The Shipman & Associates, P.C. legal team can assist you with every aspect of your workers’ compensation claim. Whether you were recently injured or are facing a claim denial, we can represent you and guide you through the process of recovering the compensation you deserve.