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Importance Of Workers’ Compensation
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As an injured worker, the last thing you want to deal with is loss of income. Many employees worry that they will not be able to pay for their medical bills, let alone cover their monthly expenses, while out of work.
The good news is that Louisiana law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This program was put in place to provide medical benefits and replacement of a portion of wages should an employee become injured, or fall ill, while performing work duties. Workers' compensation will generally cover medical expenses related to the injury, rehabilitation, and retraining, as well as disability payments for those unable to work.
The Workers' Compensation Attorneys At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
The attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have been representing individuals with workplace injuries for more than 30 years. We have assisted Louisiana clients from Alexandria, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Monroe. Our firm has a thorough understanding of workers’ compensation law and we utilize our extensive background in workers’ compensation cases to best assist our clients.
If you believe you may have a case, contact our firm immediately. We can evaluate your claim and tell you what is in store, and how we will proceed.
Injuries Covered By Workers' Compensation in Louisiana
Workers' compensation laws cover all injuries from accidents that occurred on the job. An accident is considered any unexpected or unforeseen event that causes a job-related injury. Mental injuries must be demonstrated as resulting from a physical injury that occurred at the workplace, or extraordinary stress that stemmed from employment.
Workers' compensation also covers diseases that stem from toxic exposure or other conditions on the job. Occupational diseases are defined by Louisiana Law as a disease or illness that is due to conditions characteristic of the particular trade in which the employee was exposed. An example of this would be a factory worker that acquires asbestos. The events that caused the injury must be within the scope of the employee’s employment duties.
There are some exceptions to coverage. If the employee willfully caused the injury or if he or she was intoxicated at the time of the injury, workers' compensation may not apply. If, however, the employer procured and encouraged alcoholic beverages at the time of the accident, the injured worker may still have grounds to file a claim.
Steps To Take Following An Injury At Work
After suffering a potential injury on the job, it is extremely important to adhere to workers' compensation guidelines. Failing to closely follow those procedures can harm your chances of obtaining workers' compensation benefits.
Steps To Take After Being Injured On The Job
Report The Work Injury Immediately
You must report the injury as soon as possible. This is an extremely important step. You could lose your claim if you fail to report it in a timely manner. Notify your supervisor and your human resources representative immediately if you have suffered a work-related injury and provide them with the date and location of the injury.
See A Doctor
Make sure that you seek medical attention for your injuries. Many make the mistake of thinking their injury is “not serious” when in fact sprains, strains and minor back injuries can result in weeks away from work.
Keep A Journal Of Your Injuries
This should include the date of the accident and the names of any eyewitnesses. Also, keep a daily log of how the injury is physically affecting your life.
Get Legal Representation
An attorney can ensure that you follow workers' compensation procedures and meet filing deadlines. An attorney can also zealously protect your rights under our state’s compensation system.
Benefits Available To Louisiana Workers' Compensation Victims
As a claimant, you are entitled to all necessary medical services, including hospital bills and medical services, for your injury. This includes medicine and other non-medical treatment, such as chiropractic treatment, where warranted.
Other Workers' Compensation Benefits May Include:
The employer must also compensate the individual for mileage expenses incurred by the employee for travel to and from medical services.
If the employee’s ability to earn wages has been reduced, the employer must provide rehabilitation services.
Your employer must provide you with disability payments (two-thirds of your regular salary up to a set limit) during the period that you are unable to work.
Our Louisiana Workers' Compensation Lawyers Can Help
If you have filed a claim for workers' compensation, continue to carefully document all of your expenses. If you have not yet sought legal counsel, you should do so now in order to improve your chances of receiving workers' compensation benefits.
If you have already filed a workers' compensation claim but have been denied we are here to help. Our legal team understand the various levels of workers' compensation appeal procedures and will work to help you receive the settlement you deserve. In many cases, on the job injuries are the result of a third party and not the employer. In these instances, you may have grounds to file suit against the third party. For help with your work injury case, contact our firm today at (318) 561-2500.