New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Office of Workers Compensation

Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation

District 8

Judge Robert Varnado
Kelly James, Mediator
Christine Melford, DRS

1450 Poydras Street, Suite 838
Mail Box 24
New Orleans, LA 70112-2001
Phone: (504) 568-6952
Toll-Free: (800) 209-7232
Fax: (504) 568-8706

Louisiana Workers Compensation State Office and Louisiana Workers Compensation Court serving Orleans Parish


In terms of major metropolitan areas, few places in the United States have histories that can compare to New Orleans. This city boasts a rich cultural tradition, unparalleled diversity, and a unique personality that cannot be found anywhere else.

After its initial settlement by the French, New Orleans would eventually come under the control of Spain and, after another period of French rule, it was incorporated into the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Vestiges of this continental legacy are still visible throughout the city, from simple street names to the adherence to the Code Napoleon in lieu of the English Common Law. Throughout the 19th century, the city expanded and flourished, cementing its place as one of the country's most significant ports, and the cultural hub of the Southeast.

The growth of New Orleans' population, wealth and image continued well beyond the 19th century, in spite of events such as the yellow fever epidemics and the Civil War. Although it was no longer one of America's most populous metropolitan areas in the 20th century, it became increasingly more popular as a tourist destination and a singular capsule for a fascinating past. New Orleans existed more or less comfortably in this role for many decades, but it was tragically thrust onto the national stage with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and again with the BP Oil Spill in 2010. These events have served to affect not only the image of New Orleans and the well being of its residents, but also its economy and industries.

By virtue of its size, location and history, New Orleans is fortunate enough to have an extremely diversified economy, with multiple significant industrial sectors. As with most major port cities, New Orleans benefits from a constant stream of both national and international trade. Moreover, the port's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico encourages an already booming tourism industry by allowing water traffic, namely cruise ships. Tourism is one of the most visible pillars of the New Orleans economy, bringing in revenue that bolsters the city's restaurant and hospitality sectors. Less visible, but equally significant, are the oil and petroleum industries. Although drill points and refineries are frequently located outside of city and parish limits, the capital these industries bring in largely benefits New Orleans itself. In a similar vein, the professional sector of New Orleans' economy is formidable. The presence of numerous professional schools in the city continues to encourage professional growth, particularly in the medical and legal businesses. While the presence of a large professional sector aligns the economy of New Orleans with most other large American cities, the absence of a substantial technological industry sets it apart. There has been an increase in the number of technology-based jobs in recent years, but it is not as major as would be expected in a city the size of New Orleans, which primarily relies heavily on drilling, tourism and port commerce.

If you have any questions about your New Orleans, Louisiana legal matter, please give Lavis Law Firm a call at toll free 1-866-558-9151 or submit your inquiry online. We help people recover money from corporations, insurance companies and governments by overcoming problems, hassles and delays.