After filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may receive a judgment denying your benefits. If you disagree with this, you have the right to appeal. 

The Department of Labor & Industry explains when you appeal a workers’ compensation decision, you need to explain in detail why you think the judge’s decision was wrong. The board will not approve an appeal that only includes general allegations. 

Steps to file 

You can file your appeal by mail or using the electronic system. If you file by mail, you will need to print and complete the forms from the Department of Labor & Industry’s website. You also must include a copy of the judge’s decision, making sure you attach the front page showing the circulation date. You will mail the forms and documents to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the judge and anyone else listed on the record. 

If you file electronically, you will use the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System. You will need to register to use the system by answering some questions about yourself to get a KeyStone ID and password that will allow you to log in. The system will provide you with instructions on how to complete your appeal once you complete registration. 

Deadline to file 

You must file your appeal no later than 20 days from the circulation date on the judge’s decision you receive. The board determines the date upon which you file as when you enter your appeal into the WCAIS or by the postmark on your mailed appeal. To avoid a possible denial due to missing the deadline, make sure you submit your appeal as soon as possible after receiving the judge’s decision.