Were Your Workers' Comp Benefits Denied? Don’t Take "No" For An Answer.

In Georgia, many initial workers' compensation claims are denied. Why? Because employers and their insurers don't want to pay the benefits that you, as an injured worker, are entitled to receive. Employers and insurers do this in hopes that you won't fight – but you should.

At my law firm – The Law Offices of Gary M. Kazin – I have been helping injured workers across Georgia successfully fight their denied workers' comp claims for over 30 years. I don't take "no" for an answer. I will do everything in my power to get you all of the benefits to which you are legally entitled.

The Workers' Compensation Appeals Process

The workers' comp appeals process is complex and involves many layers. The first step is to request a hearing before the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. The hearing is a legal proceeding where you will have to submit evidence, live testimony may be heard — such as testimony from your doctors, evidence must be submitted and specific court procedures must be followed. While you can represent yourself at this hearing, you have a better chance of success if you work with a lawyer. An administrative law judge (ALJ) will evaluate all of the evidence and make a ruling.

If you disagree with the ALJ's ruling, you can appeal to the appellate division of the State Board of Workers' Compensation. You have to make this appeal within 20 days of the ALJ's order.

The appellate division is made up of a three-member board. This board will review the record from the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation hearing and your attorney can file additional briefs and request an oral argument. However, you cannot submit new evidence at this point. If you missed an important piece of evidence earlier in the process, you can't submit it now. That is why it is extremely important you have a lawyer during the entire process.

The appellate division will either agree or disagree with the ALJ ruling. If the decision is still not in your favor, you can appeal further to the Georgia Superior Court and even further to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Contact My Office For Help

The appeals process is complex, and one mistake along the way could result in an ultimate denial of benefits. Do not take "no" for an answer and do not attempt to appeal your case without legal representation. To learn more about your rights and options, contact my firm. Call my Decatur or Atlanta office at 404-913-8978 or 866-397-5116. Consultations are completely free and you will not pay me anything unless I secure workers' compensation benefits for you.