Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Metairie, LA
Workers’ Compensation Attorney Helping Injured Workers in Metairie, LA
Is My Injury or Illness Covered By The Workers’ Compensation Law in Louisiana?
Employers in Louisiana are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. If you have been injured in the workplace or developed an occupational disease, your employer is obligated to cover the cost of your medical care and provide you with income replacement benefits while you take time off work to recover.
The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act provides coverage to full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees beginning on their first day of employment.
If for some reason your employer does not have a workers’ compensation policy, you can report the violation to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Fraud & Compliance section toll free 1-800-201-3362.
Even though you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits, the system can be difficult to navigate. If you are too hurt to work, you shouldn’t be dealing with the legal process on your own.
The Wanko Law Firm can help you correctly file a workers’ comp claim and negotiate with the insurance company to get you the benefits you deserve. Call today (985) 893-6530 to schedule a Free consultation with one of our highly qualified workers’ comp attorneys
Louisiana Employees Exempt From Coverage
- Domestic employees
- Real estate salespersons
- Directors of certain non-profit organizations
- Public officials
- Volunteer workers
Circumstances That Disqualify You From Workers’ Comp Coverage
- your injury was self-inflicted; you willfully intended to injure yourself or others
- you were intoxicated at the time of the injury
- you were the aggressor in an unprovoked physical altercation
- you were engaged in “horseplay” when the injury occurred
- you violated a law or company policy
- you were injured outside of work and work-related activities
Common Workplace Accidents That Cause Injury
- Slip, trip and falls
- Falling objects
- Machine entanglement
- Falling from heights
- Overexertion due to lifting
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Maritime accidents
Common Injuries Sustained in the Workplace
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Head and neck injury
- Repetitive Motion Injuries (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome)
An occupational disease can result from prolonged exposure to chemicals and chemical fumes that prove toxic to the body over time. The organs most often affected include the lungs, spine, head, eyes, skeleton, and skin.
Medical conditions that develop may include:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- chronic obstructive bronchitis
- malignant or benign tumors