Many injured workers are denied Minnesota workers’ compensation benefitsbecause of prior injuries. For example, a workers’ compensation insurer may see that you filed a workers’ compensation claim with a former employer for the same body part and deny your claim, alleging that your current symptoms are the result of the prior injury. Or, an insurer may review your medical records and discover that you sustained an injury while playing basketball fifteen years earlier. This can be true even if you have been working full-duty for several years without any physical issues.
What do you do when your claim is denied?
Dealing with a denied workers’ compensation claim can be very frustrating. Many injured workers reasonably assume that because they were injured at work, everything will be taken care of by their employer and its insurance company. Unfortunately, for many injured workers, this is not the case and they find themselves incurring thousands of dollars in wage loss and medical bills, the employee has lost several weeks of wages and run up hundreds, or thousands, of dollars in medical bills.