Louisiana Workers Compensation

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Workers Compensation Basics

What Injuries and Illnesses Does Workers Compensation Cover?

Who Can Receive Workers Compensation Benefits?

What Benefits Can An Injured Employee Receive?

What Are the Employee's Rights?

What Are the Employee's Obligations?

How Do I Start a Claim?

Why Haven't I Received My Benefits Yet?

Do I Have A Workers Compensation Claim?

Was There An Accident?

Was There An Injury?

Mental and Emotional Injuries

Occupational Diseases and Illnesses

Did the Accident Cause the Injury?

Back and Spine
Heart Disease
Mental Injuries

Aggravations of Pre-Existing Conditions

Post-Accident Complications

In the Course of Employment

Traveling Employees
Employees Not Actually Working
Outside of Work Duties
Employees' Improper Actions 

Arising Out of the Employment

Risks Not Caused by the Employee
Risks Caused by the Employee

Independent Contractors

Employee or Independent Contractor?
Independent Contractors Not Covered
Independent Contractors Who Are Covered
Manual Laborers Who Are Independent Contractors

Types of Workers Compensation Injuries and Illnesses

Common Types of Physical Injuries

Common Types of Accidents Causing Physical Injuries

Common Types of Illnesses and Disease

Fatal Work Accidents

Scarring, Disfigurement, and Permanent Injuries

Lost Wage (Indemnity) Benefits

Proof of Disability

When Should Lost Wage Benefits Start?

How Long Do Lost Wage Benefits Last?

Types of Lost Wage (Indemnity) Benefits

Temporary Total Disability Benefits
Supplemental Earnings Benefits
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
Permanent Total Disability Benefits

How to Calculate Lost Wage (Indemnity) Benefits

Hourly Basis
Weekly, Monthly, Seasonal or Annual Basis
Bonuses, Tips and Fringe Benefits
Employees of More than One Employer
Unit, Piecework, Commission, or Other Payment Basis
Employees Who Supply Equipment or Helpers
Employees Paid Out of Profit

Death Benefits

Medical Benefits

Selecting Doctors

Getting Medical Care Approved

Second Medical Opinions

Independent Medical Examinations

Types of Independent Medical Examinations
Procedures for Independent Medical Examinations
What to Expect From An Independent Medical Examination
How to Handle An Independent Medical Examination

Travel and Prescription Expenses

Reasons for Denials of Medical Benefits

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

How Does Vocational Rehabilitation Work?

Rights and Responsibilities in Vocational Rehabilitation
Rules of Vocational Rehabilitation
Employee Goals in Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a Farce and a Trap 

Functional Capacity Evaluations

The Role of Functional Capacity Evaluations in Voc Rehab
What to Expect From a Functional Capacity Evaluation
Problems with Functional Capacity Evaluations
How to Handle a Functional Capacity Evaluation

Labor Market Surveys 

Work Status (Light Duty versus Full Duty)

Impairment Ratings

Maximum Medical Improvement

How to Handle Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Disputes

Filing a Claim in Workers Compensation Court

Time Limits for Filing a Workers Comp Claim

Who is the Employer's Workers Comp Insurer?

Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation Courts

How to File a Workers Compensation Court Claim

Mediation Conferences

Workers Compensation Trials

Appealing a Trial Court Decision

Adverse Actions by the Insurance Company

Termination of Benefits

Awards of Penalties and Attorney's Fees

The Fraud Defense 

Drug and Alcohol Intoxication Defense 

Video Surveillance

Termination of Employment

Settlements in Workers Compensation

Settlement Options

Factors to Consider Before Settling

When is the Best Time to Settle?

How to Determine Full Settlement Value

How to Recover Maximize Settlement Value

Approval of Settlement Agreements

Our Workers Compensation Settlement Results

Third-Party Claims and Issues

Underlying Personal Injury Claims

Third-Party Claims In General
Employee Claims Against Third Parties
Employer Claims Against Third Parties
Uninsured Motorist Claims
Comparative Fault in Third-Party Claims
Employer's Rights on an Employee's Lawsuit

Social Security Disability Issues

Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs)

Offsets and Credits

Liens and Subrogation Rights

Second Injury Fund Claims

Does the Employee Need an Attorney?

Reasons to Hire an Attorney

Attorney Goals and Objectives

Settlements with an Attorney

Attorney's Fees and Costs 

Forms and Resources

Our Workers Compensation Case Results

Our Workers Compensation Client Reviews

Our Free Workers Compensation Consultations

Putting Our Clients First

Our clients always come first. Putting our clients first means we always offer free consultations, and free off-street parking, just one block off the highway in New Orleans. Putting our clients first also means we have a strict 24-hour communications policy, wherein our clients’ phone calls are always returned within 24 hours, if not sooner. That also means that our clients never have an issue getting through to their attorney, whether on the phone or in person.

A Proven Track Record of Success

We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients in personal injury claims, auto accidents, and insurance claims. The reason that our opponents settle our clients’ cases for full value is because they know we prepare all our clients’ cases for trial from the start. In fact, we are known for not being afraid to take cases to trial, and thus our opponents know they are in for a fight when going against our clients.