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Workers’ compensation claims are denied all the time, so don’t worry if yours has been rejected by your employer’s insurance company. However, you also shouldn’t relax. You do need to take action to try to undo that denial sooner than later by beginning the appeals or appellate process.

Pacific Workers', The Lawyers for Injured Workers in Concord can help you from start to finish with a workers’ compensation appeal, including with hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) and its administrative law judge (ALJ). Our goal is simple: get you the workers’ comp benefits you deserve. Depending on your situation, we might even be able to pursue a lump-sum settlement in your name.

Talk about your case and appeal today. Dial (888) 740-6434.

What Grounds are There for a Workers’ Comp Denial?

Just because your workers’ compensation claim was denied does not mean that something wrong or illegal happened. An insurance company does have grounds to deny a claim based on what is outlined in the policies it sold your employer.

Common, valid reasons for a workers’ comp denial include:

  • You were not hurt in a way related to your employment.
  • Your injury was minor enough to not require any outside medical attention.
  • You did not miss any income due to your injury.

Of course, problems arise when an insurance company denies a claim and cannot back its reasoning with a valid explanation. You might even receive a denial letter that lists a valid reason, but that doesn’t mean that it is accurate. Let our Concord lawyers review your case to see if anything questionable has happened.


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Requesting an Appellate Hearing

If you determine that your claim’s denial is unjustified, then we can begin the process of appealing it. To begin, we will want to request a hearing with the WCAB that serves Concord, which is located in Oakland. For many appellate cases, this hearing is all that is needed to reach a conclusion, but that depends on the preparedness and completeness of your case.

What to expect during your WCAB appellate hearing:

  • The hearing can feel like a “trial” in that both sides should come prepared with arguments as to why they are in the right.
  • The hearing can be scheduled sooner than you think if the discrepancy is based purely on whether or not your injury arose out of your employment (AOE).
  • The ALJ will try to resolve the matter fairly and based purely on the letter of the law, but some discretion is permitted.
  • You can bring any evidence you think is relevant to the case, but the medical evidence of your injury is usually the most important.
  • If your case is not settled before the ALJ, then a workers’ compensation trial will be scheduled.

Don’t Appeal Alone – Call Our Firm

Workers’ compensation cases can feel complicated, but workers’ compensation appeals can be downright confusing if you aren’t well-versed in California’s surrounding laws and regulations. With the future of your medical care, employment, and financial stability all possibly on the line, do not risk it by attempting your appellate case alone. Leave it to the trusted attorneys of Pacific Workers', The Lawyers for Injured Workers in Concord, who can fight diligently for you at every step along the way to your recovery.

We look forward to helping you. Contact us now.

Workers' Comp FAQ

  • Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

    In California, all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation with very few exceptions. If you are classified as an “employee” (rather than an “independent contractor”), you are eligible to receive benefits. This is true regardless of how many employees your employer has, how many hours you work, how much you make, whether you work part-time or full-time, or whether you are a seasonal worker. Additionally, undocumented workers are also eligible for workers’ compensation granted they meet all other eligibility requirements. In contrast, independent contractors and certain other workers, including some volunteers, household workers who are employed by a family member, and others, are not able to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

  • Can't I Just File for Workers' Compensation on My Own?

    Filing for workers' compensation on your own increases the chances that your claim will be denied. One small misstep can prevent you from obtaining the compensation you need for your injuries. In addition, the process is usually complex and tedious, especially for someone with no workers' compensation law experience. It is extremely advantageous that you seek reliable and experienced legal guidance for your claim.

  • What Can I Expect from the Workers' Compensation Process?

    As soon as you reach out to us for help, we will assign you a full-time case manager and attorney. An application will be filed with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) on your behalf. We will get started on your case immediately to help you receive the medical care you need. If we are unable to receive a fair settlement from the insurance company, we are ready and willing to take your case to trial. After a few months, you will most likely give a deposition. One of our highly experienced attorneys will prepare you and stand at your side the entire time. You don't even have to attend court hearings! One of our trained hearing officers or attorneys can attend on your behalf.

  • Can My Employer Tell Me to Use Sick Time or Vacation/Personal Time off (PTO) If I’m Injured at Work?

    Following a work-related injury, you may not receive workers’ compensation benefits right away or your workers’ compensation claim may be denied. You may receive a note from your doctor that you may take time off work due to your injuries, but how will you be paid if you are not actively seeking workers’ compensation benefits? Your employer may tell you to use your state-mandated/employer-provided sick time in order to continue being paid while you are out of work. Once this sick time is exhausted, your employer may tell you that the only way you can continue to be paid is if you use your vacation or PTO time. In some cases, this may actually be the only way to continue receiving wages while you are out of work and not receiving workers’ compensation benefits. For more information, check out our video with Attorney Bilal Kassem on this topic by visiting our Facebook page!

  • Can I Get Workers’ Compensation If I Was Fired?

    If you were terminated while already receiving workers’ compensation benefits, this does not necessarily affect your right to receive benefits. However, if you were terminated “for cause” (for example, if you were fired because you were caught stealing from your employer), you will not be able to continue collecting benefits. If you were not fired for cause, but were laid off due to your position being terminated or various other reasons, you may still be able to continue collecting your workers’ compensation benefits. If you believe you were terminated because you filed for workers’ compensation or because you were hurt at work, you may have grounds for a retaliation claim. Learn more, including whether you can continue receiving workers’ compensation benefits if you were laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, see our video with Attorney Bilal Kassem on our Facebook page.

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