Your Baton Rouge Workers’ Comp Lawyers
If you’ve been injured on the job, you have rights. Workers’ compensation is a form of no-fault insurance that most employers in the state of Louisiana are required to carry. This important insurance system is designed to help cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while you recover after a workplace accident. Unfortunately, collecting these benefits isn’t always easy.
The workers’ compensation system can be difficult to navigate, and many people are unfairly denied. That’s where we come in. If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job, contact your Baton Rouge workers’ comp lawyers at Gauthier Amedee today. We’ll go to bat for you and help you fight for what you’re rightfully owed!
Getting Help Is Fast & Easy
You’re Entitled to Benefits
After suffering an injury or illness as a result of your job, you should be entitled to workers’ comp benefits under the law. Our attorneys are here to help you fight for everything you’re rightfully owed.
No Fee Unless We Win
We work on a contingency basis, which means it costs nothing to hire us and there are no fees unless we put money in your pocket!
We Understand Your Pain and Confusion
At Gauthier Amedee, we understand that you’re dealing with a lot of pain and confusion right now, especially if you’ve been denied benefits. You may not know what to do next, but rest assured that you have an ally in this fight. We have helped countless injured workers in Baton Rouge and across South Louisiana and we’re ready to help you, too.
After being hurt on the job, you need someone who can go to bat for you so you can focus on getting well again. At Gauthier Amedee, that’s what we’re known for! Contact us today and let us go to bat for you and your family. You’re not alone and we’re here to help you through this difficult time.
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What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Workers’ compensation is in place to provide a variety of benefits to workers who get hurt or become ill as a result of their normal work duties. These benefits can include:
Workers’ compensation provides benefits to cover any reasonable and necessary medical expenses required for the treatment of your work-related injuries or illness. This can include the costs of emergency room and doctor’s visits, physical rehabilitation, medication, and medical procedures.
Medical benefits can also cover any transportation costs to get you to and from your appointments.
Four types of disability benefits are available under workers’ compensation to cover a portion of your lost wages while you recover. The severity of your injury will determine which you are entitled to.
You may be eligible for temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits if your condition partly inhibits your ability to work while you recover. Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are for those who can’t work at all due to their condition, but are expected to recover. Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits mean you are permanently limited in your ability to work and permanent total disability (PTD) benefits may be available if you can’t work at all on a permanent basis.
Death benefits are also available under workers’ compensation if you have a spouse or close relative who has died as the result of a work-related injury or illness. When you receive death benefits, they are intended to cover funeral and burial expenses, as well as any medical costs that your loved one incurred up to the point of death.
You Don’t Have to Prove Fault to Receive Workers’ Comp
Since workers’ compensation is a no-fault form of insurance, you do not have to prove that your employer or another employee was at fault for your accident in order to receive benefits. So long as your injury or illness occurred in the course of your normal work duties, you should be covered under the Louisiana workers’ comp system.
However, injured workers are often wrongfully denied the benefits they deserve and navigating the legal process and dealing with insurance companies can be incredibly difficult. Our Baton Rouge workers’ comp lawyers at Gauthier Amedee know the ins and outs of the system and can walk you through every step of the way, no matter how difficult your situation may be.
Listed below are some of the most common accidents and injuries that result in workers’ comp claims. If you’ve experienced one of these or ANY injury or illness as a result of your job, please don’t wait to contact us today.
- • Slip and fall injuries, such as broken bones and fractures
- • Injuries from lifting and moving heavy objects, such as sprains, strains, and tears
- • Shoulder injuries
- • Back and spinal cord injuries
- • Repetitive motion injuries
- • Head trauma from handling heavy equipment
- • Exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances
How to File a Workers’ Comp Claim in Louisiana
Get Medical Attention and Inform Your Employer
If you’re hurt at work, the first steps are to get medical attention and notify your employer about your accident.
There are a lot of strict rules, regulations, and deadlines surrounding workers’ comp claims, so the sooner you take action the better. Make your notice in writing and be sure to include your name, contact information, the time and date of the injury, where and how it happened, and the specifics of the injury.
File a Claim
In the state of Louisiana, it is your employer’s responsibility to file a First Report of Injury form with their workers’ comp insurer within 10 days of receiving notice of your accident. This is the official start to your workers’ comp claim.
The insurer should notify the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration, which will then investigate your claim, including your medical records, exam results, ability to work, wages, education, and work history. From there, your employer’s insurer will either approve or deny your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens If My Workers’ Comp Claim Is Denied?
Receiving a denied workers’ comp claim can be frustrating, but don’t lose hope. You may still be entitled to benefits and can appeal the decision. At this point, it will be to your benefit to have an experienced workers’ comp attorney on your side who can help you gather any necessary evidence to support your claim and ensure you have the best chance of getting the money you deserve.
Whether you’re at the start of the claims process or need help appealing a denied claim, our experienced Baton Rouge workers’ comp lawyers at Gauthier Amedee are ready to go to bat for you!
Do I Have to Be Hurt at My Workplace?
To receive workers’ comp benefits, your injuries must have occurred during the course of your normal job duties. Whether your accident happened while you were running an errand for your boss, on a work trip, in one of your employer’s warehouses, or at the main office, you should be covered as long as your injuries happened while you were working.
Are Long-Term Injuries and Illnesses Covered?
If your work caused your injury or illness, regardless of what it is, you may be entitled to benefits. This includes coverage for injuries that developed over a long period of time, like carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back problems, as well as illnesses that formed from exposure to dangerous substances, like asbestos.
However, there can be special circumstances and deadlines surrounding occupational illnesses and long-term injuries, so it’s important to contact a qualified Louisiana workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible.
Can I Sue My Employer?
Generally speaking, acceptance of workers’ compensation benefits means that you can’t sue your employer. In some cases, however, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer if they have exhibited gross negligence in some way. This is a complex situation and it will be in your best interest to consult one of our knowledgeable Baton Rouge workers’ comp lawyers at Gauthier Amedee for help.