Workers’ Compensation Lawyer New Orleans
On the Job Injuries Require an Experienced Attorney
If you have been injured at work, your most immediate concern is to make sure that you are getting the benefits you are owed under Louisiana law. Louisiana has a special set of laws that apply to most work-related injuries. The good news is, unlike tort cases such as an auto accident, you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault in order to receive workers compensation benefits. Here are the primary workers compensation benefits you are entitled to receive after a work-related accident:
Wage (Disability) Benefits
There are four types of workers compensation wage benefits in Louisiana.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) - when you temporarily cannot work in any capacity while recovering from your injuries.
- Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB) - when you temporarily cannot work in your job, but are able to work in some lesser capacity job while recovering from your injuries.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) - when you lose the ability to use certain body parts, even though you can work in some capacity.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) - when you permanently cannot return to work in any capacity.
The amount of benefits to which you are entitled is calculated differently for each category of wage benefit. So, it is important to ensure that you are being paid the correct amount and that you receive wage benefits for the correct length of time.
When you are injured in a work-related accident, you also are entitled to receive all medical treatment related to injuries you sustained in the accident. There are a number of ways that workers compensation insurance companies try to unfairly reduce or eliminate paying medical benefits to injured workers. It is important to anticipate these methods so they can be held accountable to provide for all of your medical treatment to the full extent of the law.
It is important to know that although you can only recover workers compensation benefits from your employer as the result of a work-related injury, you still may be able to make a tort claim for full damages, including pain and suffering, against another party whose negligence caused or contributed to your injury.
Options After a Work Related Injury
The most important thing for people who have been hurt at work to understand is that they have options. However, your boss or your HR contact may or may not be aware of, or be willing to tell you about all of your options. This is why it’s so important to talk to a work comp attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Work comp isn’t just money for your missed wages and medical bills. There are certain types of injuries that can reduce an individual’s earning capacity. In those cases, the injured worker may be eligible for job retraining or other options to regain their full earning potential. Rick Ely can help you recover the maximum benefits you are owned.
Valid Work Comp Claims Get Denied
Any workers’ compensation lawyer who has been in the business for a few years will have at least one horror story of a valid claim being denied. It’s common for work comp insurers to offer only a fraction of the actual value of a claim, or deny it outright. Do not become a victim of the insurance companies profiteering. Contact an experienced New Orleans workers’ compensation lawyer for a free consultation to make sure you get the money you deserve.
Everyone Has Needs. Who is Looking Out for Yours?
Your boss needs you to return to work. Your work comp insurance carrier wants you to see their doctor. Your HR contact wants you to come in and sign some forms. A lot of people are involved, but who is looking out for your best interest? This is why it’s so important to take advantage of a free initial consultation and learn how a lawyer can help you get the best outcome from your on-the-job injury claim. When you hire an experienced Louisiana Workers’ Compensation lawyer like Rick Ely, you have someone to guide you through the process and ensure you get every dollar you deserve.
Free Consultation with a Workers Comp Lawyer - No Out-of-Pocket Costs to Hire
After a work related injury, take advantage of a free initial consultation with Rick Ely to learn more about your options. Getting back to work is important, but you should not feel rushed to return to work or to specific duties that are physically challenging because of the injury. Contact the New Orleans Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Rick Ely and learn more about how he can help you. You only pay if Rick successfully recovers a settlement on your behalf.