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Wondering what to do about a denied workers' comp claim? You're not alone. Many claims are denied or simply ignored. Unfortunately, the road to appealing a denied workers' compensation claim is tough one filled with many obstacles. Employers have many tricks and strategies they use to avoid paying workers' comp for an injured worker. They might claim that the worker was intoxicated or injured themselves on purpose.
In this interview, Sarah E. Stottlemyer, partner at Stottlemyer & Associates, LLC, explains what to do if your workers' comp claim is denied. She says that in Georgia, 80 percent of injured workers seeking compensation are not represented by an attorney. For these workers, insurance adjusters are more likely to deny or ignore claims until an attorney gets involved.
Stottlemyer explains that the workers' comp process can be lengthy and complicated, and that having an attorney on your side gives you the best chance of a successful outcome. If your appeal is denied, you can advance your case to the state Supreme Court, but the chance of the Supreme Court taking your case is very rare. The Court of Appeals is more likely to accept a workers' comp case if there's a question of whether or not the law is being followed. However, the appeals court will grant a high degree of deference to the lower court's decision, so your best chance of an approved claim is to get an attorney involved early on.
Sarah Stottlemyer can be reached directly at 888-981-8971. Contact her now to learn more about your rights and options for overturning a denied workers' compensation claim.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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