For hardworking people in Pennsylvania, few things may be more devastating than a workplace accident. The physical and emotional toll from such an accident can be overwhelming, and many victims turn to workers’ compensation during their recovery. Unfortunately, obtaining workers’ comp is not always easy. For those who have been denied, it is possible to file an appeal and obtain the compensation deserved.
Once a workers’ compensation claim is denied, you might feel tempted to sit back and accept this as your fate. However, it is important to act quickly in this situation — you only 20 days to file an appeal from the original date of your claim’s denial. In addition to timely action, appeal claims also require a different strategic approach than original claims. During an appeal, your original trial record will be placed under intense scrutiny from the appeal board, whose job is to determine if there was any type of error made by the judge or if he or she simply ruled incorrectly.
However, seeking an appeal of the original decision will not necessarily guarantee that your workers’ compensation claim will be approved. The appeal board may decide that the original decision was appropriate, leaving you without the workers’ compensation you need to recover. In this instance, you have 30 days to file another appeal. In this type of situation, carefully reviewing your original claim and subsequent appeal for errors is essential.
Seeking workers’ compensation benefits is a complicated matter. Although Pennsylvania allows injured workers to file multiple appeals, this can be a time-consuming process that leaves you without the necessary compensation for your full recovery. Because of the complex nature of claims and appeals, many injured workers find that clear guidance from experienced counsel is essential for achieving the compensation they deserve.