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If you are ever injured while performing work-related activities, a different set of legal criteria, rules and laws apply than in other personal injury situations. The Louisiana Workers Compensation guidelines are constantly being re-regulated and changed. While you may think you know the rules regarding workers compensation, it is highly likely that everything you know has already changed. Our firm understands the uncertainty of your situation and provides a clear direction with up-to-date regulations as the basis for getting you the workers compensation benefits you rightfully deserve.
Our local, expert team of attorneys will take you step-by-step through the process, including:
- Thorough review of the details of your case in a free consultation
- Complete the necessary forms for filing a claim with your employer
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers compensation is a legal remedy whereby an employee who is injured on the job may be entitled to certain benefits.
The Benefits can Include:
- Calculate all medical bills
- Target and meet the deadline requirements
- Provide professional guidance and support
These benefits are the obligation of the employer and are paid directly to the employee by the employer or its workers compensation insurer. Every employer, unless statutorily exempted, is responsible for the medical care and the payment of indemnity wage benefits to any employee who is injured while in the course and scope of his or her employment.
Who is Covered by the Workers’ Compensation Law?
Most employees in Louisiana are covered from the day they start employment. Employees may be full-time, part-time, seasonal, or minors. Subcontractors and certain independent contractors may be considered employees if they are involved in the pursuit of the employer’s trade, business or occupation or if they are performing substantial manual labor.
Employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance or to be approved to self-insure.
What Injuries are Covered by the Workers’ Compensation Law?
The law covers both mental and physical injuries from either accidents or occupational diseases.
The event causing the injury must arise out of and be within the course and scope of the employee’s employment. The fault of the employer or employees does not affect the compensability of any injury.
Time is Critical When Filing a Claim After a Work Injury
If you get hurt at work, it is critical to report your injury as soon as possible to maximize the opportunity of workers compensation benefits you are rightfully due. You have one year to file a workers compensation claim and provide specific information including:
- Location of Accident
- Cause of Accident
- Names of Witnesses
- Time and Details of Accident
- Employer Required Medical Examination
Be Careful of Bias With Some Independent Medical Examinations
Jack Bailey Law Corporation is thoroughly vetted in the Louisiana Workers Compensation Guidelines and the ever-changing landscape of criteria, regulations and laws. It is important to have an experienced attorney representing your case and guiding you through this process.
A physicians’ testimony can have an impact of the amount of benefits awarded. Because the employer may request a medical examination by a physician of their choosing, these assigned physicians can work with the insurance companies and even push to deny claims or wrongfully return the employee to work. As the injured employee, you are able to seek a separate professional medical opinion, but can only do this one without causing possible harm to your case. These rules and laws are too complicated to try to represent yourself. There are many traps for unaware injured workers.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Paid
All reasonable and necessary medical care is covered by your employer. There is no dollar limit on the medical that the employer and insurance company owe for the injuries or occupational disease.
It is part of our job to stay on top of all changes so that we can protect your rights and win your case. If you are injured, you can always rely on the Jack Bailey Law Corporation– where we personally work your case and get results.
If you have been denied medical care or denied benefits, call our office at (318)222-5200 or 1-800-256-8616 to schedule a free consultation.