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Appealing a Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim

At Crumley Roberts, our workers’ compensation attorneys know there are a lot of steps that must be followed to file a workers’ compensation claim, and sometimes, claims are denied. Claims can be rejected because of missing or incorrect information or a lack of evidence, or because the workers’ compensation committee decided that the injuries weren’t serious enough.

Appeal Your Claim

If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, it doesn’t mean you have lost your right to compensation—you can still appeal the denial. To get started with the appeals process, you should:

  • Review the reason for the denial.
    The reason your claim was denied should be explained in a detailed statement in Form 61, which the committee will send to you or your attorney. Make sure you review this form carefully—it may contain incorrect information, or be missing important information altogether, that’s vital for your claim.
  • Notify your employer of the appeal.
    Sometimes claims are denied because of mistakes in the paperwork. When you notify your employer and its insurance provider of your intent to appeal, any mistakes that were made in the filing process can be corrected.
  • File a request for a hearing.
    To have your claim go before an Administrative Law Judge, download and complete a Form 33—which is a formal request for a workers’ compensation claim hearing—and send it to the NC Industrial Commission at

The sooner you act after your claim has been denied, the better. If you wait too long, evidence supporting your claim may be lost, and your chances of winning your appeal may be reduced.

We Know Workers’ Compensation

It’s important to have an attorney at your side before, during, and after the appeals process. Whether we’re staying on top of your submission deadlines or standing beside you at your hearing, you can count on Crumley Roberts to do whatever it takes to help you get the compensation you need.

To get a law firm that knows workers’ compensation appeals, call our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers today at or fill out a free initial consultation form.

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