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What if My Workers' Comp Claim was Denied in Oakland, CA?

What if My Workers' Comp Claim was Denied in Oakland, CA?

In the state of California, all employers are legally required to purchase workers' compensation insurance on behalf of their employees—regardless of how many people they employ. This means that you should be able to recover an adequate level of compensation after a serious workplace accident. There are only a few restrictions that would prohibit you from obtaining reimbursement for the cost of your medical treatment and lost earnings, but this does not necessarily keep the insurance companies from regularly denying claims. For this reason, you should not hesitate to file an appeal if your request for benefits was initially rejected.

By enlisting the help of an Oakland workers' compensation lawyer from The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand as soon as you have received notice of the denial, you can ensure that your subsequent claim is properly filed with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). The first step that you will need to take, however, is to figure out why your original claim was rejected. Once you receive a letter from your employer, claims adjuster or insurance company explaining why your request for benefits was denied, you may be able to gain a better understanding of what went wrong. Typically, most workers' comp claims are initially denied for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You failed to notify your employer of the accident right away
  • You failed to file a workers' comp claim before the deadline
  • There was no proof of medical treatment and expenses
  • Your employer gave a conflicting statement to the adjuster
  • There was an error in the paperwork or it was incomplete
  • The claims adjuster assigned to your case made a mistake

Regardless of the reason why your workers' compensation claim was denied, you should not dismiss the idea of filing an appeal until you have had the opportunity to speak with an Oakland workers' comp attorney from our firm. The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand has proudly served the Bay Area since 1989, and in that time, we have helped numerous clients to obtain the level of compensation that they deserve—even when their claim was denied the first time around. In fact, we have already recovered millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of our clients thus far, so you can rest assured that your case will be in competent hands when you trust in our firm to represent you.

If you are interested in finding out how our firm can assist you in appealing a workers' compensation claim denial in Oakland, CA, pick up the phone and give us a call at (888) 245-6507 today.


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