Why Was My Workers' Comp Claim Denied?

As the victim of an injury at work, you have the right to request a panel of three authorized physicians to treat you for your work injury, including:

  • Compensation for wage loss due to a work-related injury
  • Compensation for permanent loss (loss of use of an extremity, vision loss, hearing loss, or severe disfigurement due to a work-related injury)
  • A lifetime medical award for your work injuries
  • Roundtrip mileage reimbursement to and from authorized medical visits and vocational meetings.

However, a denial of your workers' comp claim can get in the way of much-needed resources in your recovery. It is important to remember that a denial of your claim is not the end of your options.

As an attorney, I have more than 35 years of experience helping Richmond area workers after an injury on the job. Many people come to me after denial of their claim in an attempt to recover benefits, and I hope to provide the same service to you.

Let Me Help You After A Claim Denial

Unfortunately, workers in Virginia are too often challenged by claim denials. Here are some of the most common reasons a claim is denied:

  • Preexisting condition in the same body part injured in the work accident.
  • Repetitive, overuse injuries are not covered in Virginia (except hearing loss and carpal tunnel).
  • A simple misstep is not covered in Virginia.
  • Violation of the employer's safety policy.
  • Failure to file a Claim parts A and B with the VWC Commission within two years of the accident.
  • Failure to report your work accident and injury to your employer within 30 days.
  • Failure to get authorized medical care immediately.
  • Failure to prove a sufficient light-duty job search.
  • Failure to comply with vocational placement or authorized medical care.
  • Video surveillance of the injured worker violating the doctor's restrictions.
  • An unfavorable Independent Medical Exam (IME) or Functional Capacity Exam (FCE).
  • Refusal of a light-duty job offer.

While you may have a chance at recovery, you have to take the proper steps to get there. As your attorney, I will coach you through the claims process and ensure that your claim is completed both timely and accurately.

You Can Start Your Appeal For Free

If your workers' comp claim has been denied, chances are you have already spent a significant amount of time and resources on your case. In my commitment to your recovery, I offer free initial consultations to discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and next steps in your case.

Call now to begin your request for a hearing with the help of a lawyer at 804-554-3168 or send an email.