It’s surprisingly common for workers who believe themselves to be eligible for unemployment insurance to have their claims denied. Fortunately, the state of Oklahoma has an appeals process in place for just this type of situation.
While workers are under no obligation to hire an attorney for unemployment appeals, there are a number of benefits associated with having legal representation. Read on to find out about a few of the ways that a lawyer can help throughout this process.
Help With Paperwork
When filing an appeal, all paperwork must be filled out correctly and filed in a timely manner. Since workers only have a limited amount of time in which they are allowed to file appeals after having a claim denied, it just makes sense to hire a lawyer who can help. Plus, ensuring that all of the documents are filled out correctly and all relevant evidence has been presented can increase applicants’ chances of receiving benefits.
Drafting of Argument
At most appeal hearings, workers and their ex-employers will both be present. The majority of employers will have legal representation at these hearings and most of them will have had written arguments drafted by their lawyers. Workers who hire an attorney to help draft their arguments, as well, will be in a better position than those who choose to go it alone.
Appeals to the Court
Even if a worker’s appeal is denied at his or her appeal hearing, it is still possible to take further steps toward having the decision reversed. Doing so requires filing an appeal to the County District Court. Claimants who choose to take this step should always seek legal representation prior to their court dates even if they had been representing themselves throughout the appeal process.
The Bottom Line
Oklahoma places stipulations not just on who is eligible for unemployment insurance but also on how long eligible workers have to file their claims and, should those claims be denied, to file their appeals. While most claimants don’t hire lawyers prior to filing for benefits, those who have had their claims denied should absolutely consider taking this important step toward protecting their rights. It will increase their chances of getting the benefits they need and deserve.