If your workers' compensation claim was denied, it's possible that you'll need to defend yourself in court. When workers' compensation claims are unresolved, they go to trial in your respective state.
What Happens at a Hearing?
When the date of your hearing arrives, you'll need to present your case in front of a judge. There will not be a jury present--You'll simply need to make your case in front of one person. Your case will be evaluated and eventually ruled by an administrative law judge (ALJ).
There are many components to presenting a workers' compensation claim in trial. You'll need to prepare the evidence for your case. This evidence is what the judge will use to make his or her decision.
You'll also need to present your evidence--Simply passing the ALJ a piece of paper explaining why you've earned workers' compensation benefits will not be enough. Presenting evidence almost always means testifying yourself, but you can also speak with witnesses like medical providers or vocational experts.
Speaking With a Workers' Compensation Attorney
It is very challenging to take a workers' compensation claim to court without the assistance of an attorney. If you don't have legal help on your side, you might not be able to adequately prepare for the hearing, and subsequently might lose your claim.
Here's a little more information on preparing for a workers' compensation claim by company: