Being injured at work can be frustrating. Not only does it impact your ability to do your job, but it also subjects you to the lengthy filing process. If your claim is denied, you may become more stressed because you may be feeling that you're not getting the compensation you deserve. Before filing an appeal, it is important to understand how the workers compensation system works. A lawyer can also help you navigate the legal system, minimizing your stress.

Here are three elements of workers compensation law that you should understand before filing an appeal.

Statute of Limitations

In most cases, workers compensation claims must be filed within a certain time frame. If the claim is not filed within this timeframe, it can be denied, which could mean a loss of potential benefits. The statute of limitations for filing a claim varies from state to state, so it is important to understand the specific regulations in your state before filing an appeal. If you contact an attorney for help with your appeal, they'll advise you on the time limits and tell you other rules that might apply to your case. They'll also ensure that your appeal is filed promptly. 

Benefits Covered

When filing an appeal for workers compensation benefits, it's important to understand the types of benefits that you may be entitled to. Generally, workers compensation benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages due to disability, vocational rehabilitation, or death. It is important to understand the types of benefits that you qualify for to ensure your appeal includes a valid claim for those benefits. A lawyer can help you determine which benefits you are eligible for and ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Role of Insurers

Before filing an appeal, you need to know the role that insurers play in your case. Otherwise, you may be vulnerable to unfair treatment and inadequate benefits for your workplace injury. Insurers are responsible for evaluating the claim made by the injured employee and determining if they are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. If you qualify for these benefits, they'll determine the amount of benefits that should be paid as well as any additional medical expenses that may be incurred. However, if your filing documents have mistakes, an insurer may challenge your claim or deny it. It may be advisable to work with an attorney to ensure you file the correct paperwork and meet all the necessary requirements.

Understanding these elements will protect you from making mistakes and ensure you receive the settlement you deserve for your injuries. If you want to increase your chances of success, hire a lawyer. They'll guide you through the appeals process, answer your questions and make sure all the aspects of your case are handled properly.