Workplace injuries can arise in many employment situations, even in jobs that are considered low risk. Knowing you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim for your harm can bring you comfort about your future.
Unfortunately, not all workers’ comp claims are approved right away. If you made an error when filing, for example, you could get a denial letter instead of the injury benefits you expected.
Do not give up after an initial denial of benefits
Employees have the right to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim. However, it is unwise to delay appealing a denial handed down by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). To help ensure the success of your appeal, take the three steps outlined below as soon as possible:
Learn the deadline for appealing. Ohio employees typically have 14 days to appeal the BWC’s decision once they receive the letter of denial. The letter you receive should outline any specific deadlines associated with your claim.
Consider whether you need guidance. When you feel confident that your workplace injury is valid and your benefits are deserved, you may need help preparing your appeal. A knowledgeable advocate can ensure that your appeal documents are correct, increasing your chances of success the second time around.
Send in your appeal form or letter. To appeal, you must submit your intent in writing to the BWC. You can use a preprinted form or you can send a letter. Whatever method you choose, your notice must contain details like your name, your employer and the reason for your appeal.
Learning more about the workers’ compensation laws and regulations in our state can also help you access your benefits the first time around. This allows you to seek treatment for your workplace injuries and return to your job in good physical condition.