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Steve Wanko, a native of New Orleans, began his legal career defending insurance companies and large businesses.

In 2004, he founded the Wanko Law Firm, LLC. From day one, his firm concentrated on providing representation to Louisiana workers’ compensation claimants.

Mr. Wanko is also a skilled advocate who successfully tried over 30 judge and jury trials and handled complex appeals.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from LSU, an MBA from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and graduated from Tulane Law School.

He has appeared in front of all the Federal, District and Appellate Courts in Louisiana, including the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Mr. Wanko is the current president of the Louisiana Workers’ Advocates, a member of Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a national organization of workers’ compensation attorneys, and a member of Louisiana Association of Justice.

Representative cases that Mr. Wanko has handled for his clients:

Johnson v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., (La. App. 4 Cir., 2015)

Malancon v. Ace Transp., LLC (La. App. 1 Cir., 2014)

Paul v. Jefferson Parish Pub. Sch. Sys. (La. App. 5 Cir., 2013)

Dupre v. Surbo Tubular Servs., Inc., 113 So.3d 1090 (La. App., 2013)

Nitcher v. Northshore Reg’l Med. Ctr., 92 So.3d 1001 (La. App., 2012)

Redmann v. Bridgefield Cas. Ins. Co. , 88 So.3d 1087

(La. App., 2012) Flach v. Diebold, Inc., 99 So.3d 688 (La. App., 2012)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. v. Dir. Office of Worker’s Comp. Programs, 604 F.3d 864 (5th. Cir., 2010)

Quick v. Terrebonne Gen. Med. Ctr., 35 So.3d 287 (La. App. 1 Cir., 2010)

Hickerson v. Shaw Services, LLC, 989 So.2d 766 (La. App., 2008)

Marquez v. Jack Ussery Const., 964 So.2d 1045 (La. App., 2007)

Parr v. U.S. Exp. Enterprises, Inc., 946 So.2d 178 (La. App., 2006)

Taylor v. Tommie’s Gaming, 902 So.2d 380 (La., 2005)

Shaffer v. Brand Scaffold Builders, Inc., No. 2003 CA 0288 (La. App. 12/31/2003), 868 So.2d 149 (La. App., 2003)

Hall v. J.E. Merit Constructors, Inc., 2002 CA 2648 (La. App. 11/7/2003), 861 So.2d 224 (La. App., 2003)

Western Sizzlin Steakhouse v. McDuffie., 844 So.2d 355 (La. App., 2003)

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Claims

-20 Years of Professional Experience-
Will My Injury Be Covered?
Workers’ compensation covers both mental and physical injuries and occupational diseases.
Under Louisiana law, an accident refers to anything that is unexpected, unforeseen and occurs suddenly or violently – producing an injury.
The injury:
  • may or may not produce a disabling condition
  • may allow you to still work
  • may take you out of work
Generally, your compensation will not be affected depending upon who was at fault for the accident.
An occupational disease or illness is covered if it is the direct result of exposure to hazardous or toxic materials in the workplace. If you work in Louisiana’s oil and gas or chemical and petrochemical industries, you are at a greater risk to develop serious health conditions.
Common injuries suffered on the job include, but are not limited to:

Louisiana Workers' Comp Benefits

Will My Injury Be Covered?
In Louisiana, most workers are covered under Workers’ Compensation Statutes on the first day that they begin employment. These benefits extend to all workers whether they are employed full-time, part-time or seasonally.
Additionally, employees who are minors are also covered to the same degree as if they were adults.
Primary Types of Benefits:

Indemnity/Lost Wages — weekly payments based upon your average weekly wage; you will receive 66% of your average weekly wage capped at a maximum rate

Medical and/or Death — covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment, including doctors visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, etc.

Mileage Reimbursement — travel related expenses to and from health care provider, pharmacy, etc. Vocational Rehabilitation program designed to retrain you in an attempt to return you to work for your previous employer, or find new work.

Our Blog

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How Can You Prove Your Injury is Work-Related in Louisiana?

February 14, 2024
Dealing with an injury is challenging enough without the added burden of proving it's work-related, especially in the complex legal landscape of Louisiana. Workers' compensation exists to support employees injured on the job, providing crucial financial and medical benefits. However, the crux of securing these benefits often lies in convincingly demonstrating that your injury is […]
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Are You Covered by Workers' Compensation for Commuting Accidents?

February 8, 2024
Commuting to and from work is a daily routine for millions of employees. But what happens when the unexpected occurs and you find yourself involved in a car accident while commuting? Understanding your rights and the nuances of workers' compensation coverage for commuting accidents is crucial. At Louisiana Workers' Compensation, LLC, we specialize in guiding […]
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Are Seasonal Workers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Louisiana?

January 25, 2024
Are Seasonal Workers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Louisiana? In the diverse economic landscape of Louisiana, seasonal workers are a vital cog, especially in industries like tourism, agriculture, hospitality, and retail. The nature of their work varies with the seasons, bringing unique challenges, particularly in understanding their rights and protections under workers' compensation laws. It’s […]
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Whether you have suffered an immediate injury or have endured a long-term disability or chronic illness, you deserve to have the support you need to recover. Our work injury attorneys will provide you with nothing less than compassionate understanding and exceptional legal counsel.
We’re eager to start advocating on your behalf.
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Wanko Workers' Comp Lawyers provides its service in New Orleans, Covington, Houma, Thibodaux, Mandeville and all across Louisiana
Covington Location
19295 N 3rd St #1 
Covington, Louisiana 70433
New Orleans Location
1140 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Thibodaux Location
406 West 3rd Street #105
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

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