Reasons Your Workers’ Compensation Claim May Be Denied


When you submit a workers’ compensation claim, there’s nothing more stressful than having it denied. Without a lawyer, there are many missteps you can make that make your claim less viable and less likely to be accepted. Here are the most common reasons your claim may get rejected, leading you to need an Iowa workers compensation lawyer

Lack of Witnesses

Insurers often rely on witnesses to confirm the validity of claims. If you don’t have a witness, your compensation case will be under much more scrutiny than it would be if you had someone to verify your injury occurred the way you say it did. There’s nothing you can do if no one saw your injury, but you should be aware that it could impact the decision. 

Failing To Report Immediately

The time between when your accident occurred and when you report it is considered time you could be planning to lie by the insurer. They generally assume that if you don’t report immediately, you’re fudging the details or lying altogether. If you think your injury is going to lead to any missed work time, you must file your claim as soon as humanly possible. 

Mismatched Records

Any inconsistency in how your report your accident is seen as highly suspicious. If you tell your doctor something different about how the accident happened, it will show up in your medical record and cause issues when insurers compare that account with your initial report. 

Refusing Statements and Authorizations

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Assessing Potential Lawyers

Review the site of a lawyer

You may be able to remove an attorney or two from your list by doing this. Some of the things that should be reviewed include:

Professionalism. Most of the lawyers do not design and manage their own sites and may not even write the content of the site directly. However, one of the hallmarks of a good lawyer is the income, and lawyers who earn big will usually have more professional websites, so they don’t look tacky.

Information about lawyers or law firms. Most attorney or law firm websites will have an “about us” page or section. Read the information provided on the site to find out the qualifications of the attorney. Of course all lawyers are licensed by the state, but not all lawyers attend the same school, have the same degrees, or have the same backgrounds. Read about each lawyer and find out what kind of person the lawyer is. Information about which part of the law you like. What information is provided about the parts of the law that lawyers practice? Is he someone who is an expert in his field?

Check reviews from the internet.

See what current and former clients have to say about the attorneys left on your list. While some bad judgment must be accepted, many bad judgment from former clients complaining about the same is probably something to be considered.

Talk to friends and family.

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