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What Happens If I’m Burned At Work?

Burn injuries are common in the workplace, especially in industrial-type jobs and jobs in warehouses and factories. If you were burned at work, you may be eligible for workers’ comp in Louisiana. Keep reading to learn about what kind of benefits you could receive and how an attorney can evaluate your case and give you an accurate estimate of what you could receive in a settlement.

Will Workers’ Comp Insurance Pay for My Burn Recovery?

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Burn injuries can be quite severe, and often require long-term treatment and care. Workers’ comp in Louisiana is designed to cover the costs of your medical treatment and lost wages. This should include emergency medical treatment, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, etc. Since burns need special medical care, you may need to be transported to a burn unit or specialist hospital, and workers’ comp would also need to cover those costs.

What Workers’ Comp Won’t Cover

What workers’ comp typically doesn’t cover are non-economic damages, which are more difficult to calculate. This includes things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for their actions.

However, you may be able to receive compensation for emotional damages and suffering by filing a burn injury lawsuit. There is no set amount of money that someone can get from a burn injury lawsuit. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injury, how the incident occurred, what damages were sustained, and other factors.

The amount of money you can receive in a burn injury lawsuit depends on the severity of your injury. Most burn injury lawsuits recover between a few thousand dollars and several million dollars. On average, victims of a first-degree burn injury at work receive $21,000 in compensation, while a third-degree burn injury lawsuit typically settles for about $560,000.

How to Get Help from a Louisiana Workers' Comp Law Firm

While it’s possible to file a claim for workers’ comp in Louisiana successfully on your own, this is often difficult and results in a denial that ultimately must be appealed. Working with a veteran workers’ comp attorney in Louisiana can help ensure your paperwork is completed and submitted on time and without error, and will help facilitate communication between you and the insurance company or your employer.

The Wanko Law Firm, LLC can provide you with the comprehensive, zealous legal representation you need after a work injury to secure the benefits you deserve. Call now at (985) 202-9907.

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Claims

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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.

Contact Louisiana Workers' Comp

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.
CALL US (985) 893-6530
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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