Workers’ compensation benefits are given to employees who become hurt on the job and file a claim. These benefits exist to protect the employee during their recovery from the injury and they also help employers steer clear of costly lawsuits related to lack of carrying the required insurance. However, not every claim will result in a straightforward outcome where benefits are paid by insurance carriers. In some cases, insurance coverage may be denied by the carrier and the case may enter arbitration.
Arbitration is a means of settling legal matters related to workers’ compensation without going to trial. Arbitration typically happens when a claim is filed and an insurance carrier disagrees that they are liable to pay the claim. The process of arbitration is intended to bring about a resolution to a legal dispute without taking the matter to court.
Generally, cases will enter arbitration when an insurance company refuses liability in a workers’ compensation claim that has been filed. This may happen in instances where there are multiple carriers and the carriers disagree on which company is legally responsible for paying the benefits for the claim, or when an insurance company takes the position that they are not liable to pay the claim for other reasons (for example, if the injury took place in an area not covered by the insurance).
A workers’ compensation defense attorney can assist you with navigating your way through insurance coverage issues. When your carrier denies liability on a claim, it is important to know where the issue lies and how it can be resolved. The lawyers at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP are experts in arbitration and can assist you with settling these often-complex matters outside of the courtroom. If your carrier has denied coverage and you want to dispute their refusal of liability, we are available to help.
Our firm specializes in workers’ compensation defense, and we can help employers with legal matters both at arbitration and at trial. Some of the legal services we offer to employers who are facing claims include:
Employers facing coverage issues and may be entering arbitration are urged to seek legal counsel early on. At Sacks & Zolonz, LLP, we are certified in arbitration and have the legal skills and experience necessary to reach a desirable resolution at arbitration. Although arbitration differs from trial in several aspects, it is crucial to make sure you have a competent attorney who is familiar with workers’ compensation law advocating for you and your business, both before and after arbitration. Contact us for a consultation today.