Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation

Getting hurt on the job can be disastrous for workers and their families. Thankfully, there are state and federal laws that assure injured workers are taken care of financially. Workers’ compensation includes medical care, vocational rehabilitation, lost wages, and/or death benefits.

 

Handling a workers’ compensation claim can get complicated. Employers spend a lot of money hiring insurers and teams of lawyers. They will use any means to limit their financial liability. As a result, workers often fall victim to employers attempting to reduce their liability.

 

More heinously, workers will experience retaliation or intimidation for pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. Harassment, demotion, losing hours at work, and sometimes even termination can happen.

 

It is essential for an injured worker to retain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess has over 20 years of experience helping workers and their families through workers’ compensation cases.

 

Employee’s Rights

Federal Law mandates an employee with a work-related illness or injury get compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault.

The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act monitors and enforces workers’ compensation claims. Employees are entitled to have medical care and lost wages covered by their employers under this act.

 

In exchange for these guaranteed benefits, employees usually do not have the right to sue the employer in court for damages for those injuries. Employees have protection with worker’s comp as long as the injury happened “in the course of employment”.

 

The legal definition of ‘working’, for worker’s compensation purposes, has expanded to cover a greater number of injuries. Employees injured playing on company-affiliated sports teams may collect worker’s compensation benefits for those injuries.

 

Occupational illnesses, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, also fall under the Louisiana Worker’s Compensation Act. An occupational illness can be just as devastating as a work related injury.

 

Unfortunately, some work related injuries are so severe a worker cannot return to work at all. Cases like these can get expensive for employers and insurance companies. They will fight to keep their costs as low as possible. Our Lake Charles team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess know how to fight for their clients. In or out of court, we will get the job done.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS IN NEED OF LEGAL ASSISTANCE, CONTACT US NOW.

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Exceptions

Most on-the-job injuries are covered by Worker’s compensation. But, there are some limits. If an employee is intoxicated in any way, they will not qualify for benefits. Coverage may also be denied in situations involving:

  • if an employee’s conduct violated company policy causing the injury
  • injuries sustained while an employee was not on the job
  • self-inflicted injuries (including those caused by a person who starts a fight)
  • injuries sustained as a worker was committing a serious crime

If you were hurt on the job and think you have a workers’ compensation claim, or are having trouble pursuing your claim on your own, we can help. Our Lake Charles team at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess works on a contingency basis. That mean we don’t get paid unless we recover a monetary award for you. Personal injury consultations are also free. Let us get started on your case today!

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