Get The Full Workers' Compensation You Deserve
You are injured on the job. Your employer refers you to a doctor and insists that only that physician treat you. The doctor's opinion is that you are well enough to return to work or that your job related injuries are a pre-existing condition. This is a violation of your rights. If you are injured on the job in Louisiana, no matter who is at fault for your injury, you are entitled to receive lost wage benefits and medical benefits under the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act. Schwartz Law Firm LLC, with offices in Metairie and Baton Rouge, handles workers' comp claims across the state. Our attorneys represent workers exclusively — we never represent employers or insurance companies. We'll bring your case to court if your employer won't let you see your own doctor or denies your rightful benefits. Find information on workers' compensation claims in Metairie/New Orleans LA below or contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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What Exactly is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a type of insurance offered to employees that entitles them to certain benefits if they are injured at work. It is offered by their job, not a third-party. Among the workers' compensation benefits offered are medical care, death benefits, vocational rehabilitation services, and indemnity.
Employers are obligated to offer these benefits to their employees. Workers' compensation benefits are paid either directly to the employee by their employer or the employer's workers' compensation insurer. Most employees working in Louisiana are covered by workers' compensation from the moment they begin working at their company – whether they are part-time, full-time, seasonal, or minors.
It is illegal for employers to refuse to offer workers' compensation.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers in Louisiana
Louisiana workers' comp system covers all workers in Louisiana who are injured while working. You do not have to show negligence to receive the maximum compensation benefits. You merely have to be injured while at work, as evidenced by physical restrictions or pain. By law, you are entitled to specific benefits, including:
- Your choice of physician
- Coverage of necessary medical care
- Wage loss benefits (up to two-thirds of your regular pay)
You may be wondering about the various types of workplace injuries that are covered by workers' compensation. Workers' compensation covers not only physical injuries or serious injuries from workplace accidents or occupational diseases but mental injuries as well. It's important to note that any mental injuries must be supplemented with definitive evidence that they have been caused by either a physical injury on the job or an unforeseen stressful situation at work.
Secure Your Workers' Compensation Rights with an Attorney
If you are injured in the workplace, it is crucial that you see a lawyer as soon as possible. Many injured workers are afraid of getting fired or not getting their temporary or permanent disability benefits if they hire a New Orleans workers' compensation lawyer. These fears are groundless. You lose your rights only by sitting on them because there are tight deadlines by which you must file workers' comp paperwork. You will not lose access to any rights or benefits by contacting a New Orleans workers' compensation attorney for legal representation.
When you retain a workers comp lawyer and get examined by the doctor of your choice, it is important, to be frank. If you conceal anything, you may lose your rights. We will ensure that your rights are protected and fight to maximize your benefits, which would otherwise be minimized by the insurance company.
Some important cases that may arise involving workers' compensation include:
Your employer has tried to discriminate against you for filing a workers' compensation claim – if your boss fires you, cuts back your work hours, demotes your position, reduces your pay or tries any form of retaliation against you due to a workers ‘compensation lawsuit, an experienced workers' compensation attorney will help you fight back and against their unjust action.
Your employer won't pay all of your medical bills – If your employer's settlement offer is subpar or doesn't cover all of your lost wages and medical expenses, you need to make sure you get treated fairly. In order to get a settlement properly suited to your situation, make sure you hire a New Orleans, LA law firm that will fight relentlessly for you and your case.
Your employer ignores your workers' compensation claim – If your job rejects your workers' comp claim, they probably think that you won't bother appealing their rejection. You want to ensure that you hire New Orleans workers' compensation attorneys in order to successfully combat their rejection to get the best settlement you deserve.
You have a preexisting condition – If you have a preexisting injury or condition that involves the body part you use while at work, your employer may blame your workplace injury on the condition you already have to avoid correlating it to any work activities or work related tasks. Knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyers will be able to help fight against this and prove the injury was indeed caused by an accident at your job.
Your medical issues have prevented you from going back to work, hinder what you can accomplish, or keep you from performing well at work – If your work related injury/illness/disability is keeping you from performing your job to the best of your abilities, you may have the chance to seek compensation and receive either a lump sum or weekly payments to make up for any payments you may have lost.
Benefits For Longshoremen, Shipyard Workers And Harbor Workers
Maritime workers may be eligible for injury compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Jones Act. We will fight tirelessly for your full benefits and your future. Questions? Read answers to some frequently-asked questions about work injury claims.
Any employee that is covered under the LHWCA is eligible for temporary benefits while undergoing medical treatment
- Doctor visits
- Prescription medicine
- Any services or medical devices needed to help aid your recovery
Trust in the Schwartz Personal Injury Law Firm Today
If you have a workplace injury, you are entitled to specific benefits. Acquiring legal assistance with your workers' comp claim does not have to be a form of stress in your life, nor do you have to feel intimidated by your job if you are in need of it. If you were injured in your workplace and need workers' compensation, you may experience pushback that you may not be able to legally fight on your own. Don't let your employer or an insurance company infringe upon your rights – their greed is not worth your pain.
We know that finding adequate, experienced, and competent New Orleans workers' compensation lawyers may add to your stress of already dealing with your injury and anxiety of getting workers' compensation. Look no further than to put your trust in the Schwartz Law Firm LLC for absolutely any case involving workers' compensation, no matter how large or difficult it may seem. No case is too strenuous or demanding for our experienced lawyers who are passionate about fighting for you and making sure your case always comes out on top.