A single work-related injury can threaten the financial stability of an entire family. Victims often face exorbitant medical bills. Some cannot earn an income for weeks or months. In serious cases, injured workers need ongoing medical care to cope with permanent injuries.
If you sustained an on-the-job injury, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the claims process can be legally complex, and sometimes insurance agencies deny claims.
If you were injured while performing a work-related task in Louisiana, contact
Morris Bart, LLC. An Alexandria personal-injury lawyer can handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovery.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than three decades. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Until then, read on to learn more about workers’ compensation claims in Louisiana:
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, workers’ compensation is a legal remedy whereby someone who sustains an injury on the job receives certain benefits. These benefits may include compensation for health-care bills related to the injury, lost income, rehabilitation and death benefits.
Employers or their workers’ compensation insurers have an obligation to pay injured employees under certain circumstances. Unless they have a statutory exemption, employers are responsible for medical care and payment of indemnity wage benefits to any employee who suffers an injury while at work.
Who Does the Workers’ Compensation Law Cover in Louisiana?
Most employees in the state of Louisiana have workers’ compensation coverage from the start of their employment. Employees may be part time, seasonal, minors, or full time. Furthermore, the law considers certain independent contractors and subcontractors to be employees depending on the nature of their work.
According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, some workers in Louisiana may not be eligible for benefits. Examples include certain domestic employees, real estate salespersons, directors of certain nonprofit organizations, and most volunteer workers.
What Happens after a Job-Related Injury?
Employers must report the injury to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration within 10 days of learning about a death or an injury that caused more than one week of lost work time. They must do so by completing a First Report of Injury or Illness form.
If you sustain an injury as an employee, you should report the incident to your employer immediately. It may also help to contact an injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and help you avoid mistakes during the claims process.
What Happens If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied?
If your claim was denied, you should contact an injury attorney immediately. Your lawyer will help you file a Disputed Claim for Compensation, Form LWC-WC 1008. This process could take six to nine months or longer in some instances.
If you were injured on the job in Louisiana, contact an Alexandria personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. We can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.