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What Should I Do If My Workers Compensation Benefits Are Delayed?

  • Published: August 23, 2021
What Should I Do If My Workers Compensation Benefits Are Delayed?

While there are many reasons workers compensation benefits might be delayed, you and your loved ones shouldn’t have to hold the weight of navigating the process alone, and especially when an unexpected injury or illness occurs. An experienced workers compensation lawyer can lift the weight of the process off your shoulders and leave you more time to focus on getting better and/or caring for your loved ones. Contact KCNS Law Group, LLP today if you have a claim that is being held up.

Why would my workers compensation be delayed?

To start, it’s important to know that there are many parties often involved in a workers compensation claim that can include your employer, their insurer, and any medical professionals needed to diagnose the injury or illness as part of the process. Due to several working parts, there may be several reasons your workers compensation claim may be delayed in California. If you think that the delay is intentional, then one of your first steps should be contacting a qualified attorney to help with the matter. 

One reason that your workers compensation benefits may be delayed is that your employer’s insurance agency is slow to process the request. This could be due to heavy caseloads, understaffing, a lack of training for employees, clerical errors, or even attempting to get the employee to settle for a lesser amount, which is often illegal and thus another important reason to hire an attorney. Because an investigation is typical with claims for compensation benefits, an insurer may also request more time and additional documentation from physicians.

Employer Delaying the Workers Compensation Process

While insurance companies can often make things more complicated than they need to be, there are also reasons on the employer side that benefits may be held up. Some of the common ones may include:

  • Not following correct reporting procedure
  • Failing to submit the proper paperwork to the correct agency
  • Lack of communications
  • Ignoring the claim in hopes, it will be left unfulfilled 

While we hope that an employer wouldn’t purposefully delay an employee’s claim to such benefits, it does happen. Sometimes unintentionally and other times on purpose. It’s important that if you think there is any negligence on the side of the employer or insurance company to follow through on the workers compensation claim you or someone you know has filed, to contact an experienced attorney in the area of compensation benefits. 

Seek Competent Legal Counsel for Your Workers Compensation Claim in California

KCNS Law Group, LLP has some of the most experienced attorneys in the state of California for workers compensation claims and has proudly helped employees stand up for their rights for more than 40 years. If you believe your workers comp benefits have been delayed, contact us by calling (877) 513-9007 or completing our contact form.

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