When an employee files a petition to receive workers’ compensation benefits after an injury, it is up to the employer to investigate the claim and decide whether or not they had any liability in the employee’s injury. In some cases, an employer will accept liability and offer benefits right after the claim has been filed and investigated. However, in some cases, an employer may believe that they were not legally responsible for the employee’s injury—perhaps the injury occurred outside of work, or the injury is nonexistent and the employee is engaging in workers’ compensation fraud, or the employer believes the injured person is not an employee. Whatever the case, when an employer rejects a claim, the matter does not end there.
An employee whose claim for workers’ compensation benefits was denied has the option to sue the employer at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in order to have their claim thoroughly paid. Many employees who have their claims rejected by their employer take this route as one last attempt to get access to benefits, and this can be expensive for employers who have to sacrifice time and money to grapple with the process after rejecting a claim and denying liability. Employers who are dealing with these claims can benefit from legal advice from the workers’ compensation experts at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP.
Accepting or rejecting an initial claim has a mandatory timeline attached to it by law, and so do the appeals that are made after an initial rejection. Because time is of the essence when it comes to workers’ compensation, it is crucial that employers retain legal counsel quickly if they want to have a legal advocate when they go to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board if there is no insurance to cover the injury claim.
A knowledgeable and experienced workers’ compensation defense attorney can attend your court appearance and argue for your side during a hearing. The appeal hearing is not the end of the line even if the Board finds in favor of the employee, and we are prepared to take your case to the highest level of legal authority if necessary to protect your interests and your business. You have the right to protect your business from raised premiums due to fraudulent claims or injuries to employees for which your company was not liable, and we can help you exercise that right.
Sacks & Zolonz, LLP can assist you and your business if you need workers’ compensation defense in Los Angeles or anyplace else in southern California. When your employee takes their case to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, you want an experienced attorney with a proven track record of solid results in your corner fighting for you. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about your legal options.