Navigating The Workers' Compensation Appeals Process

If your claim for workers' compensation benefits has been denied in Pennsylvania, or if you are having a dispute with the insurance carrier, your employer or your doctor, the attorneys at Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe can help.

The following are examples of the kinds of issues our lawyers handle:

  • Notice of Workers' Compensation Denial (NWCD)
  • Disputes as to whether your injury was work-related
  • Disputes over the amount of benefits
  • Improper or incomplete medical diagnosis
  • Early suspension or termination of workers' compensation benefits
  • Loss of use and disfigurement claims for certain permanent injuries
  • Independent contractors' claims for workers' comp benefits
  • Negotiation for a lump sum settlement while you pursue personal injury claims against a negligent defendant

We offer a free initial consultation to explain the workers' compensation appeals process. With offices in Harrisburg and Enola, we represent injured workers throughout central Pennsylvania.

Steps in Appealing a Denied Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claim

Contact our attorneys as soon as you have a dispute. We charge nothing to answer your questions and give you advice. We never charge a fee of any kind unless you retain our services and our lawyers are successful in obtaining benefits for you.

Here are the steps for appealing a denied claim in Pennsylvania:

  1. File a Claim Petition with the Workers' Compensation Bureau in Harrisburg.
  2. The bureau will assign your petition to a workers' compensation judge based on the county in which you live.
  3. The workers' compensation judge will schedule a hearing.

The litigation process can be long and drawn out. Generally, the judge will not make his or her determination until after a series of hearings which can take up to one year. If the judge rules against you, you can appeal the decision. However, most cases end up reaching a settlement.

Claim Denied? Contact Our Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyers

For dependable advice about your legal options after a workplace injury, call our attorneys at 717-260-3549 for a free consultation.