Denial of Workers' Comp Benefits - FAQ | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

It is frustrating when you follow the rules, expecting that your employer will too, only to find out that your employer is refusing to pay for your injury. Your employer doesn’t get the final say, though. The Workers’ Compensation Committee has the ultimate authority to decide whether your employer must pay for your injury.

If your employer denies your claim or refuses to make payments for wages or medical bills, you should send a written request for a hearing to the Workers’ Compensation Committee. During your hearing, you have the opportunity to prove through your own testimony and medical records, and your witnesses’ testimony, that your work caused your injury or disability. If you were cleared for light work, you also must show that you have looked for work with your employer, filled out applications for other jobs, and registered with the Virginia Employment Commission.

This may sound like a daunting task, but you don’t have to do it alone. You are entitled to hire an attorney to represent you at the hearing. Our firm can help you prepare, and we will be there with you at your hearing to make sure you make the best case for your employer to pay you.