Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation In Louisiana
If you’ve been hurt on the job, you likely have a lot of questions. Navigating the workers’ comp process can seem intimidating. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. You have the right to seek guidance from a lawyer who will look out for your interests alone.
I’m William R. Long, and I have spent more than 35 years helping injured workers get the full compensation they deserve. You can reach out to me for guidance on any aspect of your workers’ comp claim. I offer free initial consultations and contingency-fee representation.
Below you will find general guidance on common questions about workers’ comp. It’s no substitute for individualized legal advice, however, so you should contact me for guidance specific to your situation.
Do I have to tell my employer about my injury?
Yes, you should always report work-related injuries or illnesses to your employer right away. Technically, you have 30 days after the accident or diagnosis to report it, but it’s better to do so sooner rather than later so you don’t risk jeopardizing your workers’ comp claim.
Can I sue my employer?
Generally, no. Workers’ compensation replaces your right to sue your employer for work-related injuries or illnesses. Even if they were negligent in somehow contributing to your harm, your only recourse is likely workers’ comp. Rare exceptions exist, however.
How do I know if I’m covered by workers’ compensation?
Virtually all employers in Louisiana are required by law to provide workers’ comp coverage. If you suffered a job-related injury or illness, you are likely entitled to workers’ comp.
How long does the workers’ comp claims process take?
After you report your work injury or illness, your employer has 10 days to report it to their insurer. The insurer will review and investigate the claim and issue a decision. If they are unreasonably delaying your claim, you can take legal action to get an answer.
What benefits are available through workers’ compensation?
Depending on the nature and severity of your injury or illness, you may be entitled to benefits such as:
- Medical coverage
- Total or partial disability benefits (temporary or permanent)
- Supplemental earnings benefits
- Catastrophic injury benefits
- Vocational rehab benefits
Death benefits are also available for surviving family members of workers who lost their lives as a result of a job-related injury or illness.
Can I also qualify for disability benefits?
If your injury or illness is a disabling condition that renders you unable to work at all for at least 12 months, you may also qualify for federal Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits on top of workers’ comp. I handle these claims as well and can advise you on whether you qualify.
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I invite you to contact me online or by phone at 318-562-1440 to discuss your workers’ comp questions and concerns. I would be happy to help. I represent injured workers throughout the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area.