What to Do When Your San Francisco Workers Compensation Claim Is Denied
San Francisco is ranked fourth among the most populated cities in the State of California with a 2010 population of 805, 235 people. In this large city, workers compensation claims are not always successful despite having a comprehensive workers compensation program. However, workers whose claims have been denied are encouraged to make an appeal through the San Francisco Workerâ€™s Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). This board is active during your claim hearing and intervenes when you need to resolve conflicts in your case. If you are dissatisfied with the benefits awarded or with the denial of your claim, you should request a hearing with the board where the matter is reviewed.
There are several reasons why your San Francisco workers compensation claim was denied. It could be your injury did not happen at work, the injury happened while working for another company, there is no need for medical treatment for your injury, or there is no need to miss work due to the injury. While these reasons are legitimate, you are still entitled to plead your case to reverse the ruling.
You should file an official claim by filing a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed (DOR) and fill an Adjudication of Claim form to get a case number. After this, you can seek a hearing with the WCAB judge. You should find a San Francisco workers compensation lawyer to represent you during the appeal to increase your chances of winning. This is especially important when you need to provide evidence to support your claim.