If you’re injured or developed an illness while working then you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp benefits could compensate you for your injuries or medical condition, medical bills and any lost wages. By taking the right steps, you could be one step closer to recovering from your medical conditions without stressing over your job.
Unfortunately, many people who file workers’ comp claims are denied. There are a few common reasons a claim could be denied. Here’s how:
1. You missed the statute of limitations
As a victim of workplace injuries or illnesses, you have to act fast when making a workers’ comp claim. Per California’s statute of limitations, you have one year from when you were injured to file a claim. You could have a lot of difficulties filing a claim if you miss the statute of limitations deadline.
2. Your injuries didn’t happen while working
One thing to remember when filing a workers’ comp claim is that you must have sustained your injuries while working. For example, driving to work and experiencing a vehicle accident likely won’t get you any benefits. But, if you drive for your job and suffer injuries after a car accident, then you may be eligible for benefits.
3. You didn’t report your injuries
When you’re injured or develop an illness, you must make a report to your employer. Your employer will then have to file the proper paperwork for you to begin your workers’ comp claim.
If you were denied workers’ comp benefits, then you may need to learn your legal rights and take steps to appeal the decision.