Work-related Accidents, Injuries, and Illnesses
Louisiana Revised Statute 23:1021(1) states that: “Accident means an unexpected or unforeseen actual, identifiable, precipitous event happening suddenly or violently, with or without human fault, and directly producing at the time objective findings of an injury which is more than simply a gradual deterioration or progressive degeneration.”
Thus, the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act covers work-related accidents. Over the years, courts have interpreted the definition of an accident in many ways, including strict and liberal interpretations. Our lawyers possess the knowledge and skill to determine if you can establish that you had an accident at work.
Work-related accidents may result in injuries, which are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. This is why it is important that your accident qualifies under the law. Accidents must arise in the course and scope of your employment.
What kind of injuries are covered?
Mental and Physical Injuries
The Workers’ Compensation Act covers both mental and physical injuries arising from accidents or even illnesses that are within the course and scope of an employee’s employment. Of course, it must be proven that the injuries and illnesses are causally related and/or stem from your employment.
A determination as to whether you will be granted benefits depends on the circumstances of your injury. An Employer or its insurer can assert numerous defenses to your claim, which include presumptions that must be overcome. This is why it is important to contact one of our lawyers to assist you. Our lawyers that specialize in Workers’ Compensation claims have the expertise and experience to help you succeed in your claim for benefits. You will be up against your employer who will, at all costs, evade expenses and pay-outs.
Our lawyers can help you in pinpointing that moment when you suffered the injury and establishing its link to your employment.
If you suffered any disabilities at work, you must give us a call, because you might not realize that you are already eligible to entitlements.
There are diseases that you may also not realize are caused by your work. These are termed as “occupational diseases”. These could be illnesses that arise due to a particular industry or trade you are in, a certain process you are handling, and/or the specific position you are holding that exposes you to said illness.
We may be able to establish evidence that proves that your employment has made you more vulnerable to the illness you are currently suffering. A common example is the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is a painful condition of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers mainly caused by writing or typing. Carpal bones and nerves are compressed due to repetitive movements of your hand, which may be the what the nature of your work requires you to do. This would be covered in the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act.
So, if you used to think it’s just a simple illness that you can disregard, you now know that you could be entitled to medical treatment and indemnity (wage) benefits.
Also, you may not realize how stress and mental illnesses have a correlation and how some mental illnesses are caused by your occupation.
Let us help
We will get into the nitty-gritty of your claim. Our lawyers will do the dirty work while keeping you involved, making sure you know the step-by-step and the status of your claim. You can ask anything you want regarding your case. We will make sure it is all clear to you including the strategy we would agree to undertake. All you have to do is call us at 504-838-8883.