Unions have been a vital force in improving the lives of workers for more than 100 years. By joining together, workers have been able to advocate for better working conditions, improved benefits, and higher pay.
If you’re injured on the job in a union shop, you are still entitled to your full workers’ compensation benefits, including payment for lost wages and coverage for your medical claims. Your union can help advocate for you and assist you in the workers’ compensation process.
Our attorneys here at Workers’ Compensation LLC work with unions. We know how important they are and we respect what they do. We will partner with you and your union to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.
The most important step if you’re injured or have an illness that stems from your work is to report it immediately. Your union steward can assist you, and you can (and should) contact us as well.
Your notice must be in writing and should include your contact information, the date and time of the injury, and a thorough description of the injury. We can help you with the report. Once your employer receives the notice, they are required to submit a form to their workers’ compensation insurance company. This starts the process for you getting your benefits.
If you sense any hesitation or resistance from your employer, let us know. We fight for the rights of our clients who were involved in accidents at work. We will help you in getting your workers comp claims paid out quickly so you can continue to pay your bills and get the medical care you need.
If your claim is denied, you should appeal. We understand the appeal process and can help you file the appropriate forms within the deadlines required by the state.
Once your appeal is filed, you are scheduled for a hearing or trial with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA). If your claim is denied at the hearing, it can be appealed to the Circuit Court of Appeal.
Hopefully, you won’t need to go to those measures to get your claim approved. If you do need to appeal, though, we can help. Here at our firm, we can help you prove your claim to the court so you get the benefits you need.
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A union can help advocate for you if you have a workers’ compensation claim, but it can’t take the place of experienced workers’ compensation and SSD lawyers in Louisiana. We’re happy to work with you and your union. Call us for a free consultation at 504-838-8883. Visit us at these locations for union benefits in Metairie, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Monroe and Amite City.
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