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Navigating Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Process

If you’ve been injured on the job in Idaho and your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or you’re dissatisfied with the benefits you’ve received, you have the right to appeal. Understanding the appeals process can help you navigate this complex system and potentially receive the compensation you deserve. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the workers’ compensation appeals process in Idaho:

Filing a Notice of Appeal

The first step in appealing a workers’ compensation decision in Idaho is to file a Notice of Appeal with the Idaho Industrial Commission (IIC). You must file this notice within 30 days of receiving the decision you wish to appeal. The notice must include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date of the decision you’re appealing
  • A brief statement indicating why you believe the decision is incorrect


After filing a Notice of Appeal, the IIC will schedule a mediation conference. The purpose of mediation is to try to resolve the dispute without the need for a formal hearing. Mediation is voluntary, but it can be a valuable opportunity to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company.

During mediation, a neutral mediator will facilitate discussions between you and the insurance company. The mediator does not make decisions but helps the parties explore potential solutions. If an agreement is reached, it will be documented and submitted to the IIC for approval.

Formal Hearing

If mediation does not resolve the dispute, the next step is a formal hearing before the IIC. A formal hearing is similar to a court trial but less formal. Both parties will have the opportunity to present evidence, including witness testimony and medical records, to support their case.

The hearing will be presided over by an Industrial Commission referee, who will listen to both sides’ arguments and make a decision based on the evidence presented. The referee’s decision is final unless appealed to the full Industrial Commission.

Commission Decision

If either party is dissatisfied with the referee’s decision, they have the right to appeal to the full Industrial Commission. The Commission will review the record of the hearing and any additional evidence submitted by the parties.

The Commission’s decision is final and binding, with limited exceptions. If you disagree with the Commission’s decision, you may appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, but the Court will only review the record of the Commission’s decision and will not hear new evidence.

Advocating your case

Navigating the workers’ compensation appeals process in Idaho can be challenging, but understanding the process can help you advocate for your rights. If you’ve been injured on the job and need to appeal a workers’ compensation decision, consider seeking legal advice to help you navigate the process and maximize your chances of success.

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