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If your claim was denied, you may still have options

If you suffered an injury while on the clock, filing a workers' compensation claim is likely your only choice when it comes to seeking compensation. However, just because you submit a claim does not always mean that it will be approved. Our staff at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, understand that you are relying on your workers' compensation benefits to receive the medical care you need and some financial support. However, if your claim was denied, it is not necessarily the end of the road.

According to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, less than 25 percent of the more than 200,000 workplace injuries that occur each year in Illinois result in a claim being filed. Decisions on the claims are then made either by the Commission or by an arbitrator. Approximately 25 percent of decisions made by the Commission are appealed, as are 50 percent of arbitration decisions. Therefore, if your claim was denied, you may still have recourse.

Oftentimes, workers' compensation claims must meet some relatively stringent criteria in order to be approved on the first try. For example, there are often strict deadlines that must be met in connection with reporting your injury and filing a claim. In addition, if your employer disputes that the injury occurred at work or you did not seek medical help for your injury, your claim could be denied for those reasons.

However, if you can produce evidence that refutes the reasons on which your denial was based, you may be able to reverse the initial finding. In addition, lump sum settlements can also be negotiated in place of your receiving weekly benefits. For more information about appealing a denied claim, please visit our web page.

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