Des Moines Short-Term Disability Appeals Attorney
How to Appeal a Denied Short-Term Disability Claim in Iowa
Disabilities that are caused by workplace injuries should not cause an employee to suffer financially. Workers’ compensation is a program instituted to protect employees when dangerous workplaces leave them unable to work for an extended period of time. For many workers, even a temporary, short-term disability can cause serious financial strains and leave individuals and families wondering how they will support themselves.
To make matters worse, the majority of short-term disability claims in Iowa are denied. Fortunately, the Des Moines short-term disability appeals attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are prepared to work with you in filing an appeal for your denied claim. If you find yourself with a denied claim for short-term disability benefits, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced appeals attorney to walk you through the process.
Contact our firm today at (515) 705-0233 to speak to a member of our team during a free, no-obligation consultation. Hablamos español.
Steps Involved in Filing an Appeal
Appealing a denied short-term disability claim is often a necessary step in obtaining the financial compensation you need to move past your injury or illness.
Our attorneys can help you understand and perform the following steps to filing an appeal:
- Understand the rules and deadlines to file an appeal
- Represent you in subsequent hearings and proceedings
- Discover the reason(s) for the denied claim
- Collect evidence to support your claim
- Submit an appeal
- Litigate your case (if necessary)
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we understand that sustaining an injury at work causes confusion and stress about your personal and professional life. Our mission is to alleviate your feelings of concern and give you back your peace of mind as you heal.
Who Is Qualified for Short-Term Disability in Iowa?
To qualify for short-term disability, you must meet certain requirements. In the most basic terms, you are only qualified for short-term disability benefits if you suffer an injury, illness, or condition that prevents you from carrying out your normal work-related duties. Your injury, illness, or condition must be confirmed by a medical professional, and your physician must also confirm that your injury, illness, or condition prevents you from working.
Our attorneys can help you determine if you are eligible for short-term disability benefits. We offer free, confidential consultations to all new and prospective clients, and there is no obligation to hire our firm after meeting with us. If, however, you do decide to work with our team, we do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we successfully recover compensation in your case.
Reasons Short-Term Disability Claims Are Denied
It is estimated that as many as 70% of all initial disability claims in Iowa are denied. There are many reasons your claim might be denied, ranging from errors on the initial application to disputes regarding the nature and severity of your injury or illness.
Some of the most common reasons for short-term disability claim denials in Iowa include:
- Mistakes during the initial application filing
- Pre-existing conditions
- Disputes regarding the severity of an injury or illness
- Non-qualifying injuries, illnesses, and conditions
- Lack of required medical records and other documentation
- Lack of insurance coverage
Regardless of the reason for your claim denial, we understand how important it is that you continue working to recover benefits. A successful appeal can make all the difference between you being able to continue supporting yourself and your family and serious financial hardships.
Contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C. for a Free Consultation
The injury that you sustained in the workplace should be covered through workers’ compensation. If you need legal assistance to help prove that your injury is deserving of disability benefits, contact the Des Moines short-term disability appeals lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Our dedicated team of Iowa attorneys is prepared to defend your rights to compensation when an injury leaves you facing serious financial challenges.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our firm offers personalized, compassionate representation and aggressive advocacy at every stage of the appeals process. We can also assist you with filing an initial short-term disability claim, litigating a short-term disability matter, or any other issue related to your disability claim.