Reasons A Claim Could Be Denied
The claims process is strict and requires injured workers to provide detailed information related to the injury. Failure to meet the standards of the PA Workers' Compensation Board frequently results in denied claims. Common reasons your claim could be denied include:
- Failure to report the injury
- Reported the injury too late
- Insufficient medical records of the injury
- Inconsistencies between doctor's report and injury report
- Employer disputed the claim
When dealing with such a complex legal process, it's often necessary to have the guidance of an experienced work injury lawyer. The right lawyer will know how the system works and how to anticipate and respond to efforts to deny coverage.
Hazards Faced By Refinery Workers
While the refining industry has greatly improved workplace safety over the years, these environments are still littered with potential hazards which could cause an injury. These plants rely on heavy machinery, heating equipment, flammable substances, and toxic chemicals.
But according to the New York Times, driving is the deadliest job in the oil industry, as in the past decade more than 300 oil and gas workers have been killed in highway crashes. Oil field truckers are exempt from the safety rules which govern other truckers. Employers frequently abuse these exemptions by asking workers to drive after working 20-hour shifts. Fatigued driving is extremely dangerous, and studies have shown that the effects are similar to driving drunk.
Even responsible and well-trained workers are at risk of injury while working at a refinery. Common injuries which often result in Workers' Comp claims include:
- Mesothelioma and respiratory complications due to asbestos exposure
- Crushed by heavy machinery
- Hearing and vision problems
- Chronic pain from repetitive motions
- Traumatic brain injuries
How A Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a refinery accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed. The emotional stress following a serious accident is bad enough as it is, but the worries about surviving financially can be equally taxing. It's important to be aware of your rights and to fight for the compensation your family needs.
At Monheit Law, we have knowledgeable attorneys who specialize in securing fair compensation for injured workers. We know how to help you prepare the necessary documents for a successful claim, how to get a denied claim accepted during the appeals process, and how to identify possible forms of compensation outside of Workers' Comp.
If a negligent third party contributed to your injury, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Possible third parties include manufacturers of defective products and negligent drivers who cause accidents with oil trucks. If your injuries are severe enough to prevent you from working for over a year or permanently, you may qualify for Social Security Disability.
We also offer free consultations and only require payment after we've successfully won your claim. That way, you don't need to worry about money until you've already received the compensation you need for your injury expenses.