Wage benefits are one of the most important attributes of workers’ compensation claims. They are included in a worker’s benefits to help them survive financially during times of injury. Without them, employees can easily have every aspect of their livelihood negatively affected, from household bills to medical costs to their basic human rights. Fortunately, a New Orleans wage benefits lawyer can be there to help you fight to receive the full compensation you may rightfully deserve.
Here at the Morris Bart law firm, our attorneys have worked with countless workers who have been injured while performing their job duties. Instead of supporting their employees like they should, many employers attempt to undermine their claims so they no longer have to pay out the full amount. We will not stand for this. We know what it is like to work for your future, and an employer and their insurance company should be there when you need their help during this trying time.
For more information, a representative from the Morris Bart law office would love to speak to you today at (504) 613-4771 for your free consultation. We can help explain the legal process moving forward and give you more information about your rights as an employee in the state of Louisiana.
Wage Benefits in Louisiana
According to the Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana workers are entitled to two-thirds of their pre-injury salary when they are approved for workers’ compensation. The salary paid out will be made up of an average total of what you are paid on a weekly basis, as many jobs pay by the hour and may include overtime in various circumstances, thus making it difficult to determine a concrete number without taking the average.
While two-thirds of your wages is the minimum for full benefits, there is a maximum that is set each year in the state. This maximum amount is set to fluctuate each year. Further, there are also Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB) to be considered, which come into play if the worker is unable to earn 90% of their typical monthly earnings that occurred before their injury, according to the 2014 Louisiana Laws.
While this may seem a little confusing, SEB is there to pay two-thirds of the difference between your average salary occurring before your injuries and your average salary occurring after your injuries. As a result, your total income will be closer to what you were making before. However, when companies and insurers choose to turn down wage benefits, workers’ lives can quickly become unmanageable.
The attorneys at the Morris Bart law office are experienced in fighting for workers’ rights. We will closely examine the circumstances surrounding your case and can help you file the necessary paperwork to get the benefits you deserve. If your claim has already been denied, we will work to protect your right to compensation by taking legal action against the parties responsible for your pain and suffering.
To learn more, contact the Morris Bart law office today at (504) 613-4771. A team member will be standing by for your free consultation.
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Reasons Wage Benefits May Be Denied
Employers and insurance companies alike have ulterior motives for denying wage benefits, one of the most common being that they do not have to pay out money if the employee is not able to prove the extent of their injuries. Even if the injured party fills out all the appropriate filings, the overseeing companies may try their best to disprove their claims. Unfortunately, these types of discrepancies are common among innocent workers who are trying to get the benefits they are rightfully owed.
Common reasons that wage benefits and workers’ compensation claims may be denied can include, but may not be limited to:
- The employee did not sign the necessary medical paperwork while receiving care
- The injury did not get reported within a reasonable amount of time
- The injuries in question cannot be substantiated, whether it be through an eyewitness or a medical professional
- The claim was sent out after the victim had already left their job at the company
- The employee did not give tangible statements to the company or the insurer after the time of the accident
- And more
A New Orleans wage benefits lawyer from the Morris Bart law office will handle the legal side of things regarding your workers’ compensation filings. We will help gather evidence in your case and work on filing the appropriate paperwork through the necessary channels. Ultimately, our job is to try to prove your claims to the administrators who will make the payments.
If they still refuse to accept your claims even though you have the proper evidence, we will move to take legal action against the parties failing to pay out your full benefits. At the end of the day, we want you to be able to move forward with your recovery process with a newfound peace of mind.
Lawyers Fighting for Your Full Wage Benefits
Here at the Morris Bart law firm, our New Orleans wage benefits lawyers work with our clients’ best interests in mind. We serve the greater New Orleans area, as well as the rest of Louisiana, and we know how hard you work day in and day out for our community, so we just want you to be able to continue contributing by carrying on with your true calling.
More importantly, we want you to receive the benefits assured to you under law when you have been injured under the watch of your employer. In this way, you can move toward a better future knowing that the law served its true purpose.
To learn more, contact a team member at the Morris Bart law firm today at (504) 613-4771 for your free consultation.
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