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I applied for OCSLA benefits and received a form called the Notice of Controversion. What does "Controversion" mean? What do I do now?

A Notice of Controversion Is a Denial of Benefits - Contact an Attorney

Working on California's Continental Shelf

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) provides Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) benefits to those who work on the continental shelf off California.

OCSLA employees who are injured on the job have a right to apply for medical compensation and LHWCA disability benefits. If the employer or insurance carrier believes that it is under no obligation to provide benefits, the employer or insurance carrier must file Form LS-207, Notice of Controversion of Right to Compensation, with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).

A Notice of Controversion Is a Denial of Benefits

The form should explain exactly why your benefits are being denied and provide instruction for appealing the denial. There are many reasons why your benefits may have been denied. One common reason is that you have not submitted all the documents needed for your claim to be approved. You can call the claims adjuster assigned to your case to ask if any additional information is required. In many cases, sending in the necessary forms with a request for review will be enough to have your benefits approved.

If you disagree with an OCSLA denial, you have a right to appeal. It can be helpful to discuss your appeal with an attorney who handles OCSLA claims. The attorney will help you fill out the necessary paperwork, file your appeal with the OWCP, and obtain the documents needed to support your claim.

If your insurer continues to deny your claim, you may need to request a formal hearing before a Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge. The judge has the authority to award benefits or to deny claims. Your OCSLA attorney will request the hearing and represent you before the judge.

OCSLA Attorney Longshore Lawyer

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The First Thing

When it comes to Longshore Act Cases, nothing is more important than telling the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility. You need to be up front and honest about every detail about your case.

Do not exaggerate the fine print. If a judge suspects your not being truthful, then they will dismiss your case. Always be honest. Always tell the truth.

The Next Step

Do your research on Longshore Act Cases and order my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].

It is full of helpful and useful information when it comes to your Longshore Act Case.

Need help right now?

Give our office a call at (619) 234-2833. Our team of knowledgeable staff are here to help and listen.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

William Turley
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