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Stand up for your rights after a workers' compensation denial

As an employee in North Carolina, you have paid into workers' compensation for much of your adult life. You've done that through your employer, likely without ever stopping to think about it. Unless you work in a particularly dangerous field, like construction, you probably never thought that you would need the benefits associated with workers' compensation, as no one really plans to get hurt at work or wind up sick because of their career path.

Unfortunately, work-related illnesses and sudden accidents do impact thousands of people every year in North Carolina. Most of these individuals can quickly and easily connect with the workers' compensation benefits that they need after such an injury or diagnosis. Those benefits include short-term disability compensation, permanent disability compensation, medical coverage and even death benefits for surviving family members after a fatal injury or illness.

Sadly, a small percentage of these individuals will find themselves facing a claim denial and all the stress that goes with it. These injured workers will need to take extra steps to connect with the benefits they deserve, but that denial does not have to be the end of the claim process.

You have the right to appeal if the state denies your claim

When you are hurt and have medical bills, you need financial assistance. That is particularly true if your injury is severe enough to preclude you from returning to your job. You likely anticipate that workers' compensation benefits will cover your medical costs and help you cover your cost of living until you can get back to work.

If your claim winds up denied for some reason, you may not know how you are going to pay your living expenses until you heal. The good news is that you have the right to appeal a decision made regarding your workers' compensation claim.

Getting help can make all the difference with your appeal

Whether your initial claim got denied because of a paperwork mistake or a contentious attitude on the part of your employer, you likely want to secure legal assistance moving forward after an initial claim denial. An attorney who understands North Carolina's workers' compensation program can help you navigate the appeals process.

Once you know what is necessary, you can gather paperwork, collect evidence and prepare yourself to advocate on your own behalf at the appeal hearing. Attempting to go forward with this on your own could mean missing out on the benefits you who need during your recovery.

It can be incredibly discouraging to get denied for benefits that you need in order to survive. Thankfully, the right to an appeal will help protect you and ensure that you aren't left in a financially precarious position after a workplace injury or illness.

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