The process of defending against a workers’ compensation claim

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2019 | Firm News, Workers' Compensation Defense |

Defending against workers’ compensation claims can involve many complexities which makes having an understanding of how workers’ compensation laws work important for those defending against workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, the nature of workers’ compensation defense also makes it valuable to have trained guidance throughout the process. Parties that may find themselves defending against a workers’ compensation claim can include employers, insurers and third-party administrators.

Workers’ compensation claims are commonly made following a workplace accident or if a worker is alleging they suffer from an occupational illness. Workers’ compensation defense may involve challenging a workers’ compensation claim; negotiating a workers’ compensation claim; or litigating a workers’ compensation claim. Different parties may seek assistance defending against a workers’ compensation claim including employers, third-party administrators and workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

As part of defending against a workers’ compensation claim, it is essential to understand the workers’ compensation laws in the state where the claim has been made. Additionally, to effectively defend against a workers’ compensation claim for benefits, it is also helpful to be familiar with how to engage experts, including medical experts and vocational experts, to evaluate the claim. Workers’ compensation claims are typically made for benefits including medical, wage replacement and, in some circumstances, vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Because of the complexities associated with workers’ compensation claims and the process of defending against a claim for workers’ compensation, employers, insurers and third-party administrators should be familiar with the legal resources available to them and how to access those resources. Help with workers’ compensation claims can be valuable for employers, insurers and others.