Louisiana & Texas Workers Compensation Attorney
Each year, millions of employees find themselves injured while on the job and in Louisiana specifically, the private industry experienced 32,500 work-related injuries with orthopedic injuries being the most common type of injury.
Workers’ compensation was established in order to provide workers with more comprehensive coverage should they be injured on the job or develop an occupational disease. However, workers’ compensation benefits also vary by state, as well as employers and workers’ comp insurers sometimes being unwilling to provide the benefits an injured worker deserves.
Have you been injured on the job and are not sure what to do next?
At the law offices of Simien & Simien, our highly trained attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of the workers' compensation laws in Louisiana and Texas and can help fight for your rights.
For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation of your Louisiana workers’ comp claim, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right or call us today at (800) 374-84..
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Common Workplace Injuries
Sprains and strains were the most frequently reported type of injury in Louisiana, as it is an injury that could occur in most any workplace. A slip and fall incident in an office could lead to a sprained wrist just as it could at a construction site. There are many types of injuries a person could experience while on the job, however, some are more common than others.
Some common workplace injuries include:
- Head Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Burns (Chemical, Heat, Electrical, etc.)
- Broken Bones
- Occupational Disease
Orthopedic injuries are a frequent complaint as some industries require repetitive motions and heavy lifting that can cause muscles, tendons, and bones to sprain, strain, tear, and even break. The Louisiana Workforce Commission notes that the percentage of bodily exertion workers’ comp claims has remained stagnant for four years.
Some industries also expose workers to harmful chemicals which could lead to a variety of occupational diseases such as eczema and asbestosis, however the percentage of persons claiming such exposure dropped in 2011.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in 2008 Louisiana was one of three states with the most fatal workplace injuries in the oil and gas extraction industry. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of fatal work injuries in that particular industry grew by 30 percent.
There are no specific fields that can ensure a worker will not get injured, however some industries may be considered more dangerous than others.
Some industries with a higher rate of workplace injuries include:
- Healthcare Services
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics those five industries specifically accounted for 20% of all nonfatal workplace injuries involving days missed from work in 2011. Other dangerous industries include law enforcement and mining.
Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The type of compensation an injured worker may receive can depend on many factors, including the type of injury sustained, how long they were out of work, and the type of Louisiana workers’ comp insurance the employer has.
Typically Louisiana workers’ comp benefits include:
- Medical Benefits: Typically coverage includes doctor visits, medication, physical therapy, lab tests, and further reasonable and necessary doctor bills.
- Disability Compensations: The type of benefits a person may receive is often based on the injury. A person who suffers from temporary partial disability or temporary total disability will likely receive benefits for less time than a person who suffers from a permanent disability. Lost wage benefits are typically two-thirds of an employee’s average weekly salary. If an employee is unable to return to their previous position they may also receive two-thirds of the difference between their current and previously earned average weekly wages.
- Rehabilitation Services: These benefits assist an injured worker in finding a new occupation if they are unable to return to their previous occupation due to the injury.
- Death Benefits: If an employee is fatally injured or diagnosed with a fatal occupational disease, the victim’s family may be entitled to receive assistance for burial expenses. In 2012, the limit on burial expenses was increased to $8,500. Furthermore, lost wage benefits may also be extended to assist dependent children who lost a parent due to a fatal workplace injury or illness.
It is important that all employees know what type of Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to, whether they work in a dangerous occupational field or not.
Reporting a Workplace Injury
If you or a loved is injured on the job they must report their injury within 10 days of the accident in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. An employer must then notify their Louisiana workers’ comp insurance company, which is then responsible for reporting it to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, more than 11,000 workers’ compensation claims were processed in 2011.
Contact our Louisiana & Texas Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident or been exposed to materials that caused an occupational illness or disease, the victim may be entitled to further workers’ compensation. At Simien & Simien we have a reputation throughout many parts of the country for effective litigation, successful results and vast experience in workers’ compensation claims.
Since 1988 our firms has been assisting injured workers across Louisiana fight for their right to fair and just compensation. Our team of lawyers has effectively represented thousands of clients in numerous states around the country.
We have attorneys that are licensed in both Louisiana and Texas to provide person injury services in those states. The firm, with appropriate local counsel, also provides representation in other states as well. Some of the places in which our firm has represented clients in Louisiana and Texas include:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
... and all other areas throughout Louisiana.
.... and all other areas throughout East Texas.
To find out how we could help you, simply fill out the 100% FREE and strictly confidential “Case Evaluation” form at the top of the page or call us Toll Free at 1-800-374-8422. We have intake staff ready to take your call and after some brief, initial questions about the nature of your inquiry, you will be quickly connected to one of our highly skilled lawyers.