You have filed a workers’ compensation claim in Washington State but the Department denied your claim. There are many legal reasons why the Department’s decision to deny your claim may be wrong. You must file a written protest or appeal within 60 days of the Department of Labor & Industries’ claim denial order or your claim will remain forever rejected. You should immediately contact a qualified workers’ compensation attorney to protest or appeal your denied claim.
The legislature intended workers’ compensation benefits to reimburse the losses stemming from a work-related injury or occupational disease. People who are unable to work rely on these benefits to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, in many cases, benefits are denied to these hardworking people by the Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employers.
At The Walthew Law Firm, our dedicated attorneys advocate on behalf of our clients who have been unfairly denied the maximum amount of workers’ compensation benefits available.
We will aggressively pursue an appeal of the decision to deny benefits. Contact our attorneys at 206-623-5311 for a free consultation.
Seattle Denied Appeals Attorneys
The process for appealing denied workers’ compensation claims is very complex. Our workers’ compensation lawyers have extensive experience seeking allowance of a claim through protest or appeal.
A denial of workers’ compensation benefits becomes final within 60 days of communication of the decision. It is important that you speak with our attorneys immediately upon receiving a denial. After reviewing your file and building your case, we will file a formal written protest with the Department of Labor & Industries, or if necessary, appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
In many cases, a formal appeal is not necessary because a protest to a higher level adjudicator at the Department of Labor & Industries can result in payment of benefits. If the protest to the Department is unsuccessful, however, our proactive and experienced lawyers will fight for you through the appeals process. An appeal may include:
- Hearing before an industrial appeals judge, who will issue a Proposed Decision and Order
- Petition for review to the full Board, which will issue a Final Decision and Order or an Order Denying Petition for Review
- Appeal to a superior court in Washington state
The entire appeals process may extend for more than a year. Do not represent yourself in court. A qualified, proactive attorney is critical to your appeal.
Our lawyers can also advocate for you when you have been receiving workers’ compensation benefits, and the benefit payments stop.