Denied Workers’ Comp. at Pepsico*

PepsiCo, Inc. is a U.S. multinational snack, food and beverage company which has made its presence globally for 120 years. It has its headquarters in Harrison, New York and its revenue in 2018 topped US$14.51 billion. It employs 267,000 workers. Despite it being a well known company it may not give enough attention to the safety and well being of workers.

When this happens accidents take place in factories and warehouses where Pepsico products are present. Accidents could be anything from trip and fall to accidents with fork-lifts or other machinery.

Injuries can be serious meaning the employee has to say at home to recover. Fortunately most companies like Pepsico insure their workers for worker’s compensation. However, getting any money out of them is often denied, forcing the sick or injured worker to appeal the decision. These are rarely successful without the help of a WC lawyer.

Why Would I be Denied WC at Pepsico?

Most Pepsico workers believe if they have an accident or fall sick while at work for Pepsico they will automatically be entitled to WC. Pepsico’s insurers may think differently and will go out of the way to ensure you do not get your entitlements. They have several reasons for denying a WC claim such as:

  • the claim missed the statute of limitations set in the state for the claim;
  • the Pepsico employee failed to inform the Pepsico admin by the deadline given that he or she had been injured;
  • Pepsico’s insurers are convinced the accident took place at an earlier date, somewhere else.

Denied Workers’ Comp. at Pepsico

Process to Follow if Denied a Claim at Pepsico

The grounds given by Pepsico insurers are not always convincing which means an injured or sick employee has no choice but to file an appeal against Pepsico. Appeals are rarely won unless a WC lawyer is present throughout the appeals process. The first event that takes place following the submission of an appeal is arranging mediation between the two parties.

This is a discussion aimed at reaching a solution. If all fails with this the two parties have to attend a formal hearing. This is when all relevant evidence needs to be presented and the plaintiff may be questioned. If the formal hearing draws a blank the plaintiff can get his/her story heard at an appeal.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

WC appeals are never easy to win so if you need to appeal a decision made by Pepsico’s WC insurers it is vital you have a WC lawyer at your side to work on your behalf and guide you through the difficult appeal process. If the appeal is won, it will ensure you are financially secure until you have fully recovered from your injury and are able to return to work.

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The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Pepsico, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.