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, LLP 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:
- File a Claim Petition with the Workers’ Compensation Bureau in Harrisburg.
- The bureau will assign your petition to a workers’ compensation judge based on the county in which you live.
- 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.