Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Bossier City, Louisiana
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, you should consult with a skillful and experienced workers’ compensation attorney to understand how the compensation system operates in Louisiana and what benefits you could be entitled to. An attorney can provide information on what you can expect while serving as your advocate with the insurance company. At our office, William R. Long focuses his practice on serving the needs of injured workers, protecting workers from overzealous insurance adjusters, fighting for their rights and ensuring that they receive all financial and medical benefits they are eligible for. If you have been injured on the job, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation to review your situation with Mr. Long and gain a full understanding of your rights.
The Way The System Works
The Louisiana workers’ compensation system is designed to return an injured employee back to work as soon as possible. This objective is complicated by the application of medical treatment guidelines as to what medical treatment is deemed reasonable and necessary. Your doctor must be willing to complete the necessary paperwork for authorization and approval of your medical services. Once you have been released from medical treatment, you are expected to return to work in some capacity, even if not in your same job or with the same employer. Actions you take can affect what benefits you receive. To provide some financial compensation during recovery, the individual may receive a percentage of his or her wages as long as the doctor recommends that he or she refrain from work. Pain and suffering damages are separate from workers’ comp. These damages may be connected to the workers’ comp system if a person is injured by a third party while on the job. This is known as a third-party claim for damages.
We Can Help You Through Each Step Of The Process
At William R. Long, Attorney at Law, we know that dealing with a work injury may be a confusing and frustrating experience. If you have been injured, we aim to help you understand the process of filing for benefits and answer your questions about your workers’ comp case. If you work with our law firm, we will work diligently to ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to, including mileage to and from your medical appointments. We can work directly with the insurance companies on your behalf. When the time comes for you to return to work, we can guide you through the functional capacity tests and vocational rehab counselor process to identify appropriate employment and negotiate a fair resolution (settlement) for you or proceed to trial in pursuit of an appropriate judgment for you if necessary.