Did A Workers' Compensation Insurer Deny Your Claim Or Offer Reduced Benefits?

Many injured workers are surprised to discover that collecting workers' compensation benefits is not an automatic process following a job-related injury. Workers' compensation claims are frequently denied even when the application is valid and complies with workers' compensation laws.

At the Law Office of Ronald M. Stein, Attorney at Law, in Stockton, California, we provide aggressive advocacy on behalf of injured workers who are not being treated fairly by their employers, their employer's insurance company or the California Division of Workers' Compensation. We have fought for injured workers for 30 years, in which time we have won or settled hundreds of denied workers' compensation claims just like yours.

Appealing Your Workers' Compensation Case: The WCAB

If your claim is denied or you receive an award that you feel does not properly compensate you, we can help you appeal to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). The WCAB is a seven-member judicial body appointed by the governor that reviews petitions for reconsideration of decisions by Division of Workers' Compensation administrative law judges.

Why Were Your Benefits Denied?

Benefits are denied for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Your employer states that your injury did not occur while performing your job.
  • The insurance company claims your injury was caused by a pre-existing injury or condition.
  • There is a dispute as to when or where the injury occurred.
  • Your employer states that you are an independent contractor and not a direct employee of the company.
  • Your employer states that you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the injury occurred.
  • A health provider concludes you are not disabled as a result of your work injury.
  • It is disputed whether you sustained injuries at all or that you did not notify your employer in writing about your injury.

We work with highly regarded medical professionals who will examine your injuries and provide specific medical analysis that supports your claim. Among many other workers' compensation appeals, we have successfully appealed challenging cases involving repetitive stress and cumulative trauma.

A Denied Claim Is Not A Lost Cause

If you are dealing with a denied workers' comp claim in Stockton or the surrounding area, don't give up. We offer a free consultation in which we can review the facts of your case and determine if an appeal makes sense. Call 209-751-4370 or email us to schedule an appointment.