Attorneys Handling Workers' Compensation Appeals
Helping Clients in North Carolina Obtain Coverage for Denied Benefits
We understand the toll of a work-related injury. You need medical care. Bills add up at an overwhelming rate when you can't work. We understand the toll it can take on your family when workers' compensation claims are denied.
Ken Wayne & Associates has practiced exclusively in workers' compensation for more than 15 years, and our attorneys have nearly 45 years of combined experience. Employers and insurance companies often deny valid claims - sometimes because the claim was not properly submitted, sometimes due to a misunderstanding of the facts, and sometimes due to a misapplication of the law. We are prepared to vigorously protect your rights. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation and discover how we can help you.
Protecting Injured Workers
The economic downturn has caused some insurance companies to reduce costs — often at the expense of injured workers. Insurance companies commonly deny valid workers' compensation claims based on a variety of allegations, including:
- Improper reporting of the injury
- A delay in seeking medical attention
- No witnesses present at the time of the accident
- Lack of proof that the injury was work-related or that the illness is an occupational disease
- Preexisting conditions
- Positive drug test results
For decades, the workers' compensation lawyers of Ken Wayne & Associates have been helping clients appeal denied claims. We work closely with experts, when necessary, to substantiate our clients' workers' compensation claims.
For example, if coverage was denied based on drug use allegations, we can utilize toxicologists and witnesses to prove the level of intoxication did not impair our client at the time of the accident.
Steps in the Appeals Process
The appeals process may feel overwhelming with important deadlines to remember. We are committed to minimizing any stress through keeping you informed throughout the legal process. As a first step, we will request a hearing with the Industrial Commission. The case will then proceed to a court-ordered mediation, where we can try and resolve an issue or the entire case.
If mediation is unsuccessful, we will plead your case in front of the deputy commissioner, who acts as an administrative law judge. We develop compelling legal arguments complete with witness testimony and depositions from doctors. The case could then be appealed to a panel of three commissioners. We will vigorously protect your rights at every stage to help you obtain much-needed medical benefits.
Contact Us Today
Let us be your advocates. We will work you your employer to see if light duty work is available and advise you know about any available subsidized medical care. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.