When a worker is injured in the course of employment, in the State of Washington, the Department of Labor and Industries (or the self-insured employer) is responsible for medical care, time loss payments and a number of other benefits resulting from injury. Procuring these essential benefits is easier said than done. The employer may fight the claim. The Department may reject the claim or refuse benefits. Injured Bellevue workers may need legal assistance. The compassionate attorneys of The Walthew Law Firm have helped countless injured workers in our more than 80 years of service to the Bellevue area.
Excuses for Denying Benefits
While many workers’ compensation claims are eventually allowed, in 2016 alone more than 21,000 claims were denied, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Statistics. Sadly, it is all too common for a worker who has been injured to be denied benefits. Sometimes the mistake is merely an administrative error, such as a flaw in the paperwork, which claims managers hawkishly watch for. These paperwork issues can result in problems for those who need medical care immediately, and are the perfect excuse for a delay in benefits. The Walthew Law Firm will ensure that everything is submitted correctly and on time.
Employers may stand in the way of benefits with false arguments, such as:
- You were intoxicated during the accident;
- The injury occurred away from work;
- The injury is not severe and does not warrant medical attention or time loss benefits; and
- The injury is preexisting.