At Workers’ Compensation LLC, we focus exclusively on claims filed under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. This act provides workers with compensation if they are injured on the job or if they experience an illness from their work. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are focused on helping and representing individuals who have been injured at work or because of work.
The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to either have workers’ compensation insurance or be self-insured, which means they can pay workers’ comp claims themselves. The law covers mental injuries as well as physical ones that occur due to your employment. A mental injury has to be the result of a physical injury or due to sudden and extraordinary stress related to your employment.
An injured worker does not have to prove negligence on the part of their employer to receive indemnity wage benefits. Louisiana does require that the employee not have been intoxicated at the time of injury. They also won’t approve claims related to an employee’s “willful intention” to injure himself.
The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act is implemented throughout the state by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. They investigate fraud and monitor employer compliance with the Workers’ Compensation Act. They do not directly provide any benefits, though. Their job is to ensure the act is being implemented fairly and responsibly.
There are ten courts in the state that handle cases filed under this act. These courts are located in New Orleans (District 8), Harahan (District 7), Covington (District 6), Houma (District 9), Baton Rouge (District 5), Lafayette (District 4), Lake Charles (District 3), Alexandria (District 2), Shreveport (District 1E), and Monroe (District 1W). Our regional offices are ready to defend you if your claim reaches any of these courts. Often, though, we are able to take care of workers’ compensation claims without ever entering a courtroom.
Although most workers are covered under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act, there are some exceptions. Civilian employees who work for nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of the Armed Forces, for example, are covered by the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentation Act. Our attorneys handle claims filed under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands (OCSLA), and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA). Regardless of where your work-related accident or injury occurred, it’s important to consult an attorney as soon as you can to ensure you get your full benefits under the law.
Navigating insurance claims and the Social Security system is a challenge. We understand the difficulties and stresses associated with a work-related injury. That’s why we focus on claims for workers. Contact Workers’ Compensation LLC at 504-838-8883 for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.