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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in St. Paul, MN

My Claim Has Been Denied

First and Foremost – Was Your Claim Actually Denied?

We often hear from injured workers who have been discouraged from filing for workers’ compensation or told by their employer that their claim would be denied.

Do not fall for this commonly used tactic against workers. Your employer and their insurance company can save a lot of money by NOT paying your claim. However, there are very few reasons to legitimately deny a work comp claim. 

Do not let your employer discourage you from filing a work comp claim which keeps them from even needing to deny your claim. If the claim ends up being denied, you can cross that bridge when you come to it, but do not completely surrender your right to compensation for a work injury based on bad information.

If you have not filed your work comp claim, do not let anyone at your place of employment stop you from filing. Talk to a work comp lawyer today for free for advice on how to take the first step toward filing a claim when your employer is asking you not to.

If Your Claim Was Denied

If you have already received a denial letter for your claim, you can it reviewed by a lawyer without cost or obligation. We can help you understand why the claim was denied and build a plan for moving forward. Typically, this would include submitting an appeal to the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry. 

If we believe that the claim is legitimate and it is denied again, then we can file an appeal with the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. Regardless of where you are in the process, we will work with you until we have exhausted every possible method of getting the compensation you deserve.

Reasons a Work Comp Claim Can Be Denied

There are some legitimate reasons for a work comp claim to be denied in Minnesota; there are five main reasons that injured worker claims are denied in Minnesota:

  1. The worker failed to notify their employer within 14 days
  2. The worker was injured outside of work hours
  3. The worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the injury
  4. The injuries are not severe enough to justify a work comp claim
  5. Your employer is disputing your claim

If any of these five situations apply to your situation, the claim may very well end up being denied. However, anyone who has been injured at work should not give up on their claim before having it reviewed by an attorney. 

Free Consultation – Only Pay After We Recover Funds for You

We can help you get the compensation you deserve after being hurt at work. You can meet with a lawyer without cost or obligation, and you only pay after we have made a recovery on your behalf. To take the first step, call or email our office today.

Author Photo Joshua R. Stokka

Josh has been representing injured workers for over 10 years. Josh was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. Mr. Stokka alson received his law degree from the Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Josh clerked at a Minnesota law firm specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation. Prior to practicing in the area of workers’ compensation, Josh clerked for a judge in the 7th Judicial District in Minnesota. This valuable experience gave him insight into how judges think, do their jobs behind the scene, and how to frame a case in order to obtain a favorable result.  Now, he focuses 100% of his practice on defending injured workers in Minnesota.

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