I received an injury at work. I slipped on a ramp which was iced and slippery. I received damage to my rotator cuff. The company has denied the claim for workers comp. What can I do to get the medical bills paid and the out of work days paid?
Worker’s compensation is an insurance program that prevents companies from being sued by workers for work-place injuries. If a worker is injured at work, he or she must generally seek relief through the worker’s comp program. It sounds like you started the process for workers comp but have been denied. You have the right to appeal this decision. How an appeal works may differ from state to state, but you should have received information on how to file an appeal. You can do this on your own (called “pro se”), or you can hire an attorney to help you. An appeal will require a hearing, and may require additional medical assessments. You probably have a relatively short time frame to file an appeal, so you should move quickly. An attorney who specializes in worker’s compensation can give you advice specific to your situation.