Quincy Workers’ Compensation Appeals Attorneys
Was Your Workers’ Comp Claim Denied? We Can Help
The workers’ compensation appeals process involves several steps. It all begins when you fill out a claim form—but how do you do this the right way the first time? Who do you have to send the form to? When will the process move forward after filing your claim?
A workers’ comp attorney can help answer these questions and more. Read on to learn about the first steps to take in appealing your workers’ comp claim denial.
Steps in the Workers’ Comp Appeal Process
- Step 1: Filing an appeal
- Step 2: Conciliation
- Step 3: Conference
- Step 4: Hearing
- Step 5: Review Board
Filing the Appeal
If you receive an Insurer’s Notification of Denial – Form 104, or if you haven’t heard from the insurer in 30 days, you can file a workers’ comp appeal. If you plan on appealing, you must do so within four years.
To file an appeal, follow these steps:
- Complete the claim form: Fill out an Employee’s Claim – Form 110 as completely and as accurately as you can. You will need to include personal details such as your Social Security number, telephone number, date of birth, etc. You will also need to attach copies of medical evidence, like medical bills, medical reports, and other documents that support your claim of the accident being work-related.
- Send the claim package: After you’ve fully and accurately completed the form and attached the appropriate documents, send the entire original package to the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). You can find address information on the Mass.gov website.
- Send a claim form to the insurer: You must also send a copy of this claim package to your employer’s insurance carrier. Keep another copy for your own records.
What to Do after Filing Your Workers’ Comp Appeal
When the DIA receives your claim package, they will schedule a Conciliation within two weeks. This is the next step in the appeals process and involves a meeting between you, your attorney, your employer, their insurance company, and a conciliator from the DIA.
Why You Need an Attorney by Your Side
The Massachusetts workers’ compensation appeals process will not be easy. It’s best to at least consult with a workers’ comp attorney before beginning. If the Conciliation is unsuccessful, the process will continue and each step will only become more complex and sophisticated. Working with a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer can help lift this burden and make the process run as smoothly as possible.
If your workers’ comp claim was denied, contact our Quincy workers’ compensation appeals attorneys at Powers & Caccavale. We can help you fully understand the process and what steps you need to take in pursuing the benefits you deserve.