On The Job Injuries: A New Orleans Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
An on-the-job injury can cause you to miss time from work and run up medical bills. If the injury is serious, you may not ever be able to return to the job that you held before your injury. If this happens to you, the laws in Louisiana ensure that you receive financial compensation for your treatment costs and work-related medical expenses.
While work injury laws provide broad protection to employees who are injured, employers and their insurers do not always follow the letter of the law or provide for workers as required under the law. To ensure you are taken care of after you sustain an injury at work, call a New Orleans workers’ compensation lawyer at Lavis Law for advice and representation.
Workers’ Compensation Helps Injured Employees
In Louisiana, employers must purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage for virtually everyone who works for them. The workers’ compensation insurance coverage pays for your medical bills and covers partial or total disability benefits on a permanent or temporary basis.
Workers’ compensation insurance coverage should kick in after any type of injury or illness that you experience in the course of your employment. Covered work injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries. Injuries caused by repetitive stress, such as carpal tunnel or herniated discs.
- Overexertion injuries. Injuries that result from overexerting your body, such as injuries from lifting, bending or twisting.
- Toxic exposure. Illnesses that occur because you were exposed to toxins at work, such as asbestos, toxic mold or lead paint.
- On-the-job accidents. Injuries that occur as a result of an accident, whether they occur at your regular job-site or while performing work off-site.
It is common for workplace accidents to cause amputations, fall-related injuries such as broken bones or spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injury. The more serious your injuries, the more important it is that you receive workers’ compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. Family members of workers who are killed on the job may also pursue a claim for death benefits through workers’ compensation.
How A New Orleans Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
The workers’ compensation laws in Louisiana aim to make things easy for workers. You should be able to obtain benefits through your employer simply by providing notice of your on-the-job injury. Let your employer know as soon as possible about the injury and seek prompt medical attention after an accident so you can prove that your injuries and health problems are related to your job.
Sometimes insurance companies deny legitimate work injury claims or fail to provide the full benefits needed. If an insurer denies coverage for medical treatments that your doctor recommends, or if you are pressured to return to work before you are healthy enough to do so, then you may need an attorney to help you obtain the coverage you need.
At Lavis Law, a New Orleans workers’ compensation lawyer can help you appeal a denial or resolve a dispute using the administrative workers’ compensation system available to you in Louisiana.
Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can represent you after a workplace illness or injury.