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How to Appeal a Worker's Compensation Denial in Pennsylvania

If you were denied workers' compensation benefits, you may have the option to appeal. The process of appealing can be challenging and time-consuming at best.

It is important to have the expertise and resources of an experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation lawyer on your side who understands the appeals process and can pursue an alternative resolution to a benefit denial.


If you've been injured at work in Pennsylvania, it is critical that you reach out for legal help as quickly as possible.

Whether you need assistance filling out the accident form, obtaining adequate medical care under workers' comp, or dealing with a reluctant employer, Attorney Casey can help.

As one of the few law firms in the Pittsburgh area that practices workers' compensation and employment law, we will pursue all legal rights for an injured worker who is ready to get back to work.

Too many employers want to avoid bringing back an employee with an impairment, but there are a number of tools available for us to force the issue of accommodation.

If you or someone you know is injured on the job, have them call my office immediately for a free legal consultation.

Once a representation agreement is in place, I can help them provide proper notice, select the best panel physician, and review their Bureau documents to make sure that the injury and benefits are accurate.

Waiting until the case is in litigation can lead to mistakes that cannot be corrected later, greatly affecting the outcome of the case.

Maximizing the settlement of a workers' compensation case requires that both the legal and medical portions of the case be handled properly, and the earlier that occurs the better the result.

Once you receive the notice of the judge's decision in your case, you must act quickly in order to file an appeal. You must file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board within 20 days after receiving the decision. Failing to do so could cause you to forfeit your right to file an appeal.

The Appeal Board will review your case and issue a written decision, typically without a hearing. If the Appeal Board continues to deny your workers' compensation benefits, you can take your appeal to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

After you receive the Appeal Board's decision, you have 30 days to contact the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. The court will review your case and issue a written decision, and typically, the appeals process ends here.

However, if the decision is still unfavorable, you may appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Again, you have 30 days to contact the Supreme Court after you receive notification from the Commonwealth Court.

The Supreme Court will review your case to determine if it will allow you a hearing. If not, the Commonwealth Court's decision is final and there are no more appeal options.

Once the Supreme Court issues a written decision, that decision is final.