Your entire life can fall apart after a workplace injury. You want to focus on treating your injury and getting back on your feet, but missing work can cause you to fall behind on bills and be unable to take care of yourself or your family.
The possibility of not being able to go back to your old job, or any type of similar job, can add additional stress on top of everything else. The workers’ compensation system in Ohio was designed for these types of situations.
You may apply for workers’ compensation after being unable to work after an injury or illness. The application process can be complicated and lengthy, but once your application is in, you probably feel a sense relief as you anxiously await your benefits.
File your appeal as soon as possible
But what happens if your workers’ compensation claim is denied? You may feel scared and overwhelmed, fearing that your health and your family’s security are in danger. Claims can be denied for various reasons, but fortunately, you have the option to appeal.
You will receive an official order approving or denying your claim. You must appeal a denied claim within 14 calendar days from the date you receive the order.
It can be difficult to prove when you received an order, so it is important to appeal as soon as you can.
Make sure you provide all information and documents
Your appeal form requires various information. Make sure to fill it out completely and include all required information. You may also be asked to send certain documents related to your medical treatment.
After appealing the decision, you will eventually receive a notice with the date and time of your appeal hearing before the Industrial Commission of Ohio.
It can help to work with an experienced workers compensation attorney when you file your claim. However, if you filed it on your own, having the guidance of an attorney during the appeal stage can increase your chance of a successful appeal.