If you’ve been injured on the job, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation to pay for medical expenses and the time you need to miss from work so that you can recover. In the event that your workers’ compensation claim gets denied because your employer does not believe you were injured at work, you will need to consult the experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA.
Why Employers Deny Work Injuries
There are a variety of reasons employers claim that their employees were not injured at work. Your employer may believe that your injury occurred at home, on your lunch break, or outside of work, or on property they are not responsible for. They may also state that you were participating in horseplay, performing your job incorrectly, faking your injury, or your injury stems from a pre-existing condition. In order for your workers’ compensation claim to be accepted, you must prove that your injury is legitimate and occurred in the workplace while in the course of your employment.
How Ohio Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied because your employer disagreed that you were injured at work, you should hire Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys who can assist you in gathering evidence to prove that you do qualify for workers’ compensation. The evidence will support:
- When and where your work accident occurred
- The physical demands of your job
- The correlation between your injury and work activities
- The immediate and long-term medical needs that your injury has left you with
- Any permanent damaged that your injury has caused
After all of the evidence is collected, a lawyer can file an appeal with the Ohio Industrial Commission (IC) within 14 days of when the denial was received. Appeals start at the district level and can proceed to the staff and commission levels, if necessary. A hearing will occur within 45 days of the filed appeal at the district, staff, and commission levels.
Once an officer hears the appeal, a decision will be made within seven days. In the event that a denial arises again, you will have 14 days to take your appeal to the next level. It’s important to note that the commission may refuse to hear your appeal and you may decide to get the court system involved. If you choose to take this route, you’ll have 60 days to file a claim.
Call Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA
If your employer denied that you were injured at work and you’d like to file an appeal, call certified Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA at (419) 625-7770 as soon as possible.
We’ll fill out all appropriate paperwork, obtain necessary medical information, pinpoint and interview witnesses, and take care of the appeal process for your workers’ compensation claim.