Baton Rouge Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Injured Louisiana Workers
At Day Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers who have suffered all types of on-the-job illnesses or injuries in a wide range of fields of employment. With its offshore drilling, riverboat, and commercial trucking industries, Louisiana is no stranger to serious workplace injuries or accidents.
If you are injured at work, workers’ compensation is the wage replacement money you are legally entitled to – these benefits help you get get the medical attention you need to return to work as quickly as possible.
Before you can collect these benefits, however, you must report your injury, go through a difficult claims process, and meet other legal requirements.
If you don’t follow all the proper procedures, you might lose your right to workers’ compensation entirely.
Fortunately, our workers’ compensation attorney, Georgia Day, is a former Administrative Law Judge for the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She has successfully handled numerous workers’ compensation claims, helping our clients with everything from work-related injuries to occupational illnesses.
We can help you, too. All you need to do is call us at (225) 465-1232 today.
Common Workplace Injuries
Although some workplaces, like construction sites and the open road, are more dangerous than others, any industry can be home to workplace accidents and injuries.
Some of the most common workplace injuries we see at our firm include:
- Sprains, strains, or tears
- Soreness or pain
- Cuts, lacerations, or punctures
- Injuries from falls
- Overexertion injuries
- Injuries from crushing or compressing
- Occupational illnesses
- Chemical exposure injuries
- Struck by or against object or equipment injuries
Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. This leads to 510 workplace injuries per hour, 12,600 per day, 88,500 per year, and 4,600,000 per year. In just one year, victims of workplace injuries can miss over 1 million days of work – and they may have medical expenses on top of that.
If you sustain any of the injuries listed above at work or while working, our Baton Rouge workers’ comp lawyers can help.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
When you are injured at work in Louisiana, you are entitled to medical care, mileage reimbursement, wage benefits, and/or vocational rehabilitation services. If you succumb to injuries sustained in the workplace, your family is entitled to death benefits.
Most employees in Louisiana are covered by workers’ comp insurance and can begin receiving temporary total disability (TTD) benefits for injuries that last longer than 2 weeks. Benefits can last until you no longer need regular medical treatment. If the effects of your injury are permanent, you may be able to receive permanent disability benefits, as well.
For medical benefits, you can see an employer-approved doctor or pay out-of-pocket for medical care that does not exceed $750. You must remember to file for reimbursement, though, and make sure all hospitalization and more expensive (non-emergency) treatment is pre-approved by your employer.
Navigating your benefits can be difficult, but knowing your rights is a great place to start. Visit the Louisiana workers’ comp FAQ to keep learning and contact our attorneys for more information.
In Louisiana, you do not need to prove that your employer carelessly or intentionally caused your injuries. Instead, you are eligible for benefits if your injury occurred at work or was caused by your work activities.
But that easy burden of proof does not mean that you will automatically get benefits.
Workers’ compensation cases can be hotly disputed. Your employer may deny that your accident happened, or they may claim that your medical condition is not covered by Louisiana’s workers’ compensation laws. Additionally, workers’ compensation claims are often made confusing or frustrating by bureaucracy and insurance companies whose only objective is to minimize the amount of money they pay.
Even when benefits are approved, workers’ compensation insurance companies often refuse to pay for the tests, medical treatments, and medications that injured workers need. As experienced workers’ compensation lawyers, we know how to get insurance companies to respond to your needs.
If you were injured on the job or as a result of your job, we can put our experience to work for you. As a workers’ compensation attorney and former Administrative Law Judge for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Georgia Day of Day Law Group has the experience needed to zealously represent you and bring your claim to trial as quickly as possible.
Because workers’ compensation is, in many cases, your exclusive remedy against your employer and its insurance company (there are exceptions of course), there’s a lot at stake. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you win your case.
“Everyone in the office was helpful and friendly, they made me feel important and like every question mattered, I was never rushed off the phone.”- E.C.