Fight Back with the Best Denied Workers Compensation Claim Attorney: What You Need to Know

New Jersey has a no-fault workers’ compensation system, which means that an injured worker is entitled to benefits no matter who is to blame for the accident. However, even though fault does not need to be established, the claim itself does. That is a challenge in many cases as insurance carriers frequently deny claims.

Kaplan & Kaplan: Your Experienced Appeals Specialists

With over 50 years of experience, Kaplan & Kaplan has helped countless injured workers in New Jersey successfully appeal denied claims. We understand the tactics insurance companies use and know how to fight back.

Why Your Claim Was Denied (and How We Can Help)

  • Lack of Evidence: We’ll gather strong medical documentation, witness statements, and expert opinions to bolster your case.
  • Disputes Over Injury Causation: We’ll prove the direct link between your injury or illness and your workplace duties.
  • Unfairly Minimized Benefits: We’ll fight to ensure you receive the full compensation you’re entitled to for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
  • Procedural Errors: We’ll uncover any mistakes or technicalities used to deny your claim and correct them.

Don’t Let a Denial Stand in Your Way – Get Legal Help Now

You have a limited time to appeal your denied workers’ comp claim in New Jersey. Don’t delay! Contact Kaplan & Kaplan for a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your options, and fight for the justice you deserve.

Key Takeaways

  • Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is crucial for navigating the complexities of a denied claim, understanding state-specific laws, and crafting an effective appeals strategy.
  • A workers’ comp attorney plays a pivotal role during the appeals process by guiding claimants through informal hearings, filing formal claim petitions, and ensuring legal rights and proper benefits are secured.
  • Exploring additional avenues for financial recovery beyond a workers’ comp denial is essential, which may include health insurance, personal injury lawsuits, or disability benefits, especially when workers’ comp does not cover certain conditions.

Navigating the Complexities of a Denied Workers Comp Claim

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A denied workers compensation claim can feel like an uncharted labyrinth. How about having a seasoned guide to lead the way? An experienced attorney can serve as your compass, helping you navigate the maze of legal complexities that come with workers comp claims. They can analyze the strength of your appeal, handle the intricate legal process, and offer clear evidence to support your claim. This guidance becomes indispensable when dealing with insurance companies, which often deny claims due to complex legal and institutional structures, potentially misaligned with worker interests.

Adding to the complexity is the fact that workers’ compensation is regulated at the state level. This means that the claims process can vary significantly from one state to another. Therefore, having an attorney who understands the specific workers compensation laws of your state is vital.

Understanding the Basis for Your Claim Denial

Let’s now analyze the reasons for your claim denial. A denial can result from various reasons such as claim denials due to:

  • Delays in reporting the injury
  • Lack of evidence
  • Inconsistencies in injury reports
  • Pre-existing conditions

Understanding these reasons is key to determining your next course of action and increasing the chances of successfully overturning the decision.

It’s like solving a puzzle; you need to piece together the reasons behind your denial. Reviewing the denial letter with an experienced attorney can be instrumental in this process. They can help identify any errors or misinterpretations by the insurance company.

Remember, you have the right to appeal a workers’ compensation claim denial, and an attorney can guide you through this process, improving your chances of success.

The Role of a Workers Compensation Judge in Your Appeal

The role of a workers compensation judge in your appeal is akin to a referee in a game. During a formal hearing, they evaluate evidence and testimonies, including input from medical experts, to make determinations on your case. Think of it as a trial where important factual issues are resolved based on the testimony of the injured worker and other witnesses.

Comprehending this role is important in preparing for the appeals process. Knowing what to expect during the hearing and what factors the judge considers can help you and your attorney build a strong case.

Crafting a Strategy for Your Workers Compensation Appeals Process

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In the context of appealing a denied claim, a well-devised strategy serves as your roadmap. This involves knowing your options, such as requesting an informal hearing or filing a formal claim petition, and being aware of the mandated time frames. It’s like a game of chess; you need to make the right moves at the right time.

Nevertheless, formulating an effective strategy can be daunting. Here, a workers comp lawyer with expertise in workers’ compensation emerges as a beacon of hope. They can ensure that all procedures are followed correctly and that filing is done within the required time limits.

Preparing for an Informal Hearing

An informal hearing can be likened to a friendly discussion between two parties. It offers a platform to address and resolve disputes regarding temporary benefits, medical treatment, and permanence of benefits without going to trial. During such a hearing, a judge reviews your case and provides non-binding recommendations.

These hearings typically provide a quick resolution opportunity and are often scheduled within weeks of filing the application. Although not mandatory, being represented by an attorney in these hearings is advisable, especially for complex cases with significant permanent injuries.

Filing a Formal Claim Petition

In contrast to an informal hearing, filing a formal claim petition is like starting a court case. It must be filed within two years of the injury date or the last compensation payment date, which includes medical treatment provided by the employer. For occupational illnesses, the two-year filing period starts from the date the worker became aware of the condition and its relation to their employment.

Once a claim petition is filed, there’s a chance to settle the dispute before the assigned trial date. This offers an opportunity for a faster resolution, often within six months.

The Critical Assistance of a Workers Compensation Attorney

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Without an attorney, navigating the workers’ compensation landscape is akin to steering a ship without a compass. An attorney provides expert guidance through the workers’ comp legal system and ensures compliance with crucial filing requirements and procedures. We protect your legal rights, including securing financial benefits and necessary medical treatment. We can also address issues like missing paperwork or incorrect calculations of disability rates.

In addition, having legal representation often leads to:

  • quicker, more comprehensive claim resolutions
  • insurance companies acting more promptly and justly when an attorney is involved
  • attorneys leveraging their relationships within the system to expedite cases.

Evaluating Your Case with a Free Consultation

Having a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney offers several benefits:

  • It allows you to assess the strength of your compensation claim
  • You can gain an understanding of your legal rights
  • You can learn about the various compensation avenues that may be available to you

Think of it as receiving a no-cost health check-up for your case.

Additionally, our attorneys provides insights on the true value of the claim and the related benefits you might be entitled to. It’s like getting a professional assessment of your case without any upfront costs.

No Win, No Fee Representation

When it comes to legal fees, our workers’ compensation lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. Such an arrangement implies that clients are only charged upon achieving a successful financial outcome in their case. Consider this arrangement as a safety net, lowering your financial risk in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim appeal since attorney fees aren’t charged if the appeal doesn’t succeed.

The contingency fee model offers several benefits:

  • The lawyer’s incentives are aligned with your success, as their payment is contingent upon winning your case.
  • There are no upfront costs for you.
  • Fees are only paid out of the compensation awarded after a successful appeal.

Maximizing Your Recovery Beyond Workers Comp Denial

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A workers’ comp denial isn’t the end of the road. There are other avenues you can explore to maximize your recovery. Workers’ compensation may not cover all conditions, like mental health issues resulting from workplace stress, and individuals should consider alternative forms of coverage.

You could utilize group or personal health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare for necessary medical treatments. Beyond workers’ comp, there’s potential for securing compensation through personal injury lawsuits or disability benefits for workplace injuries. Denied workers’ comp claims can open the door to other financial recovery methods, such as litigation against third parties liable for the injury.

Seeking Compensation for Lost Wages and Medical Expenses

Compensation for lost wages and medical expenses can be a lifeline after a workplace injury. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney, you can accurately value and advocate for fair compensation for your workers’ compensation claim, ensuring you receive the workers compensation benefits you deserve.

If serious injuries prevent you from continuing your employment, you might qualify for wage loss benefits. For instance, New Jersey provides temporary disability benefits at 70% of the average weekly wage. Injured workers are also entitled to receive necessary and reasonable medical treatment for workplace injuries.

Understanding State Law Variations in Compensation Claims

Consider state laws as different dialects of a single language. While the essence remains the same, variations exist. For instance, New Jersey state law allows employers and/or their insurance carriers to receive credits for amounts recovered from a third party for a work-related injury.

Furthermore, New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation law includes provisions that can double the benefits for temporary and permanent disability or death if a minor was employed in violation of child labor laws. Understanding these variations can help you leverage them to your advantage.

Navigating New Jersey’s Division of Workers Compensation

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In New Jersey, the Division of Workers’ Compensation oversees workers’ compensation claims. Informal claims here are usually resolved within one or two hearings. Scheduling for hearings is provided shortly after filing for an informal hearing.

Legal assistance is crucial for navigating the appellate process when decisions from the Division of Workers’ Compensation are appealed. Imagine having a skilled navigator aboard your ship, guiding you seamlessly through the turbulent waters of the appeals process.

We’ll Help You Get Your Workers Compensation Benefits

At the Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C., we regularly represent people whose workers’ compensation claims are denied. Whether an insurer is requesting more information to evaluate the merits of your claim or they deny your claim entirely, you can rely on our New Jersey lawyers to fight for the medical benefits, out-of-work benefits and disability award benefits you are entitled to. We have extensive experience representing people whose cases have been denied in places such as Essex County, Morris County, Bergen County and Passaic County.

If your workers’ comp case accident is denied, call the attorneys at the Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, P.C. to learn about your options for a successful conclusion to your case. Your initial consultation is free. Call 973-542-6258 or contact us online. We have offices in North Haledon and Hackensack for your convenience.


Navigating the workers’ compensation claims process can be a complex journey, especially when faced with denials. However, with the right guidance and understanding, you can successfully sail through these challenges. Whether it’s understanding the reasons behind claim denials, crafting an effective appeals strategy, or securing the assistance of an experienced attorney, each step is crucial in your journey towards fair compensation. Remember, a denial isn’t the end; it’s merely a detour on the road to recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are workers’ compensation claims often denied?

Workers’ compensation claims are often denied due to reasons like delays in reporting the injury, lack of evidence, inconsistencies in injury reports, or pre-existing conditions. It’s important to address these issues to strengthen your claim.

What role does a workers’ compensation judge play in the appeals process?

The workers’ compensation judge plays a crucial role in the appeals process by evaluating evidence and testimonies during a formal hearing to make determinations on the case.

What is the importance of a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney?

A free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney is important because it helps you assess the strength of your claim and understand your legal rights and potential compensation avenues. It’s a valuable opportunity to gain clarity on your situation.

What does “no win, no fee” representation mean?

“No win, no fee” representation means that the attorney only charges their clients after securing a successful financial outcome in their case, with no upfront costs required and fees being paid out of the compensation awarded after a successful appeal.

How can I maximize my recovery beyond workers’ comp denial?

To maximize your recovery beyond workers’ comp denial, consider exploring alternative forms of coverage, securing compensation through personal injury lawsuits or disability benefits for workplace injuries, or pursuing litigation against third parties liable for the injury.

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