Workers’ Compensation Appeals Lawyers
Our Work Injury Attorneys Are Prepared To Move Your Claim Forward
You’ve been injured in a workplace accident and have filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Your claim is denied. Now what? The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Shebell & Shebell, LLC can help you navigate the appeals process to move your claim forward so you can get the benefits you deserve. Our offices are located in Shrewsbury and Freehold.
Our firm has been representing injured workers in Monmouth and Ocean counties for generations. Our attorneys know the tactics used by insurance companies to minimize claims. We know how to build strong cases and present convincing arguments to workers’ compensation judges on your behalf.
Your options for appealing a denied claim include:
- Informal hearings – These are attempts to work out a settlement with the insurance company in the presence of a judge. Informal hearings are required when there have been injuries to the fingers or toes. We would first submit an “Application for Informal Hearing” with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. A hearing date is usually set within a matter of week. Your case will be assigned to a judge. Both sides are given a chance to raise issues and gather evidence. Multiple hearings may be necessary. The judge will make a recommendation for settling the claim. Either side can reject it.
- Formal hearings – These are like trials. Both sides can present evidence and witness testimony. We would first submit a “Claim Petition” to request a formal hearing. A hearing date is usually within about six months. Your case is assigned to a judge. Both sides present their case. Once all evidence has been presented, the judge issues a written decision if a formal settlement can’t be reached. This decision may award specific benefits or assess penalties.
- State courts – If the decision does not go your way, it can be appealed to the state courts of New Jersey in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. Both sides can again present evidence. Appeals can be made all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
We know the impact a workplace injury can have on you and your family. The medical expenses for treating your injury can add up quickly and become overwhelming. Because you are left unable to work, there is less income coming in. It can become difficult to pay the bills. This is often a very stressful time for working families.
The workers’ compensation system is supposed to pay the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your injury. You are also supposed to receive partial wages while your injury leaves you unable to work.
Fighting For The Rights Of Injured Workers
Employers and insurance companies don’t have your best interests in mind. Employers want you back to work as soon as possible. Insurance companies may dispute the extent of your injury and demand you undergo and independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor of their choosing. They may question the need for certain kinds of treatment. They may even pressure you into returning to work even though you are still recovering.
Our attorneys know how to help you fight back. We help you prepare for independent medical examinations to make sure doctors have all the necessary information. We can arrange for you to get a second opinion from a reputable doctor or specialist. We are prepared to move your claim forward through every step of the appeals process.
If you’ve been injured in a work accident, learn more about how our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you with your claim. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.