Workers’ Compensation Attorney in North Carolina and South Carolina
Workers’ compensation claims are often complex and require attention to many details. Most people who are injured on the job do not immediately think about everything that is required in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, when an employee is injured, the first thought is to seek medical attention for the injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, emergency care and a doctor’s visit may be the only thing needed before recovery. In more serious cases, ongoing treatment and care may be required.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has experience helping injured workers in North Carolina and South Carolina receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. From minor injuries to serious medical conditions, Brian Steed Tatum is focused on his clients’ cases from start to finish.
Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims
If a workers’ compensation claim is denied, then the injured employee is entitled to know why he or she is being denied benefits. The employer or the employer’s insurance carrier should issue a detailed statement to the injured employee that explains the reasons why the claim was denied. In some cases, the employee may receive a provisional acceptance that the insurance carrier can later reverse within certain parameters.
Workers’ compensation covers employees who are injured because of an accident that occurs during their employment. Each of these elements is a factor that must be proven in order for an employee to receive any benefit under workers’ compensation.
Each workers’ compensation claim will be different based on the facts and circumstances that caused the accident that resulted in the injury. An injury is the natural and probable consequence of employment or the natural result of the risks inherent in employment.
Frequently, claims are denied because the employer indicated that the injured worker did not suffer an injury by accident because the injury occurred during employee’s normal work routine. Even in these situations, an injured employee may still have legal recourse. Often, claims are denied because of the accident not being reported in a timely way or because the claim had incorrect or missing information.
If an injured employee is denied workers’ compensation benefits, that employee can file for an appeal of the decision. During this appeal, the injured worker is not required to have an attorney, but an attorney may be the key to ensuring that the injured worker has the best opportunity to receive the benefits to which he or she is entitled.
Consult an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Even if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, contacting an attorney is important. You will have someone to review your claim—an advocate on your side fighting for your rights. Because your claim has been denied does not mean that you do not have a valid workers’ compensation claim.
The Tatum Law Firm is committed to serving injured workers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, is dedicated to making sure that our clients receive the compensation they rightfully deserve after they have been injured at work.
Please contact our office at (704) 307-4350 or online for a free case evaluation.