A controverted claim is one that is being disputed. This terminology is most often used in legal proceedings dealing with employers or insurance claims. In workman's compensation and unemployment cases, a controverted claim is synonymous with an employer challenging a claim or requesting to deny benefits.
An employer may controvert a workman's compensation claim by asserting that the injury the employee sustained did not happen on the job. It may also controvert an unemployment claim by alleging that the employee did not meet requirements to receive unemployment benefits such of length of employment or insufficient weekly hours worked, or may argue the employee's reason for termination invalidates the claim. In any case in which a controverted claim is presented, the parties involved have to attend a hearing in which case their arguments are heard by a judge or board for a final decision.