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What Is Maximum Medical Improvement After a Work Injury?

Many people recover from work injuries, even those that are serious or life-threatening in nature. However, not all of them do and many employees are left with permanent disabilities caused by an on-the-job injury. Here’s what you should know if you stop getting better following a work accident and how a workers’ compensation attorney can provide the legal support you need.

Remember That Healing May Take a Long Time

If your work injury was severe, healing may take several months or more. You may need surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy for more than a year before seeing maximum improvement. Take things in stride and remember that recovery is often two steps forward, one step back.

Determining When Your Recovery Is Complete

Workers’ comp insurance is often hesitant to say that an employee has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). This essentially means that the employee has recovered as much as they can and further treatments are not expected to meaningfully improve their medical condition.

Workers’ compensation companies generally deny claims as often as possible to maintain their revenue, and approving lifetime or ongoing compensation for permanent disabilities certainly doesn’t fit this goal. It’s usually in your best interests to be evaluated for MMI by an independent, third-party physician who can provide an unbiased assessment of your medical condition, along with records to indicate how the doctor reached that conclusion.

Will Workers’ Compensation Continue to Pay After You Reach MMI?

If you’ve reached Maximum Medical Improvement after a job-related injury, you will need to fight hard to obtain ongoing compensation. Few if any workers’ comp insurance companies are interested in paying claims at all, let alone those that require them to make payments for the duration of an employee’s life.

You can expect to need as much compelling evidence as possible to prove that you are permanently injured and will not be able to replace the income lost with either similar or different work. Workers’ comp insurers will likely do everything they can to suggest that your injuries aren’t permanent or were caused by something else, etc.

How a Louisiana Workers’ Comp Attorney Can Help You

Were you injured on the job in Louisiana? The Wanko Law Firm, LLC can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and fight for the income and medical benefits you need after a work accident. Call today 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.
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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 Ste 1 
Covington, Louisiana 70433
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1140 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

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