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If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury or illness in Encino, you have the right to workers' compensation benefits to cover your losses. Unfortunately, there are instances when employers or workers' compensation insurance carriers wrongfully deny legitimate claims. The Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach is here to assist you as your denied workers' compensation claim lawyer. With a wealth of experience handling intricate work injury cases, our team is dedicated to fighting for your entitled compensation.

Understanding Denials of Encino Workers' Compensation Claims

There are various reasons why an employer or workers' compensation insurance carrier may deny a claim. Common reasons include:

  • The injury occurred during off-hours.
  • The injury was caused by a party other than the employer (third party).
  • The injured worker did not seek medical care.
  • The injured worker needed no time away from work.
  • The injured worker was impaired by alcohol or drugs during the incident.
  • The injured worker was engaged in horseplay when the injury occurred.
  • The injured worker was previously injured.
  • The injured worker did not report the injury on time to a supervisor.

It's crucial to note that a claim denial does not necessarily indicate its legitimacy. Injured workers retain the right to assert themselves in these situations.

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Appealing a Denied Workers' Compensation Claim in Encino

In Encino, injured workers have the right to file an appeal when faced with a workers' compensation claim denial. Although the appeals process may seem daunting, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach possess extensive experience in handling these claims. Our primary goal is to assist clients in requesting a hearing with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

The Process

The process involves several steps, and the WCAB judge may decide whether to expedite the appeal through a "priority conference" or status conference or mandatory settlement conference. During a conference, the judge aims to resolve any disputes between the injured worker, their employer, or the insurance carrier. If resolution proves elusive, the judge will set a trial date for the workers' compensation claim and establish a discovery plan for attorneys on both sides to present and review evidence.

If you are facing a denied workers' compensation claim in Encino, trust the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach to navigate the appeals process and fight for the benefits you rightfully deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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