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Appealing a Workers' Comp Claim

Workers' Compensation Attorney in Bakersfield: (661) 460-5557

If your workers' compensation claim has been denied, you have a right to challenge the decision. One of the attorneys at Campbell Whitten can discuss your case with the claims administrator for you and see if you can fix technical mistakes or submit additional documentation such as medical records or, in some cases, seek an examination from an alternate medical provider. We can also help you appeal your claim with the workers' compensation board.

Learn more about the appeals process when you contact our attorney for a free evaluation.

The Appeals Process

If the workers' compensation insurance company believes that you are not eligible for benefits at all, you may need to take further administrative steps and take your claim to the workers' compensation board.

Process for appealing a workers' compensation claim in CA:

  • File an Application for the Adjudication of Claim at the local Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) office in the county where you were injured. The claims administrator must also be served with a copy.
  • After filing, the local DWC office will confirm receipt of the claim by sending a letter that includes your case number. You should use this case number on all documents and future correspondence regarding your claim.
  • Request a hearing by filing a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed.
  • A pre-trial conference may be scheduled before a judge, who will decide whether the claim should be accepted.

Contact us at (661) 460-5557 to learn more about the appeals process.