You might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you got injured on the job or developed a work-related illness in Eunice, Louisiana. A Eunice workers’ compensation lawyer could advocate for you to fight for your benefits or challenge a denial. We can also ensure you comply with the specific requirements of a workers’ comp claim.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our team offers free case evaluations so you can readily learn your options and next steps. We can stand beside you through every step of the process.
Who Can Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Eunice
Your employer must maintain workers’ compensation insurance for you to have coverage for a job-related accident or illness in Louisiana. If your boss participates in the Louisiana workers’ compensation program, you could have coverage if you are full-time, part-time, or seasonal. Working minors can also have coverage for work-related illnesses or injuries.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. As the Louisiana Workforce Commission of the Department of Labor explains, not all workers can collect workers’ compensation benefits, such as if you are a volunteer for a non-profit organization. Also, public officials and several other categories of workers do not qualify for coverage under the program.
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Benefits Workers Can Receive Under Workers’ Compensation in Louisiana
The workers’ compensation insurance program in our state provides a variety of benefits for covered illnesses or injuries, which can include:
- Medical Benefits: Paying the health care cost of treating your injuries, occupational disease, or illness.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD). If you miss more than seven calendar days of work because of your illness or injury, you might be eligible to collect weekly or monthly cash benefits until you can work again, up to program limits. These indemnity benefits replace a portion of your usual wages when you cannot work.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD). Sometimes a severe illness or injury from a work-related activity causes permanent disability that prevents the worker from returning to the job. As long as the employee cannot work because of ongoing impairment from the covered injury or illness, they might be eligible for PTD benefits, up to program limits.
- Vocational Rehabilitation. The Louisiana workers’ compensation program aims to help sick or injured workers get healthy and return to work. If your accident caused long-term challenges that make you unable to perform your previous job, the program could offer you training so that you can do a different kind of work to support yourself.
- Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB). After completing your medical treatments and recuperating, lingering problems from your injury or illness might limit your ability to perform your job and earn as much money as before. In this situation, SEB benefits could help to make up part of the difference between your previous wages and your current reduced wages, if they are less than 90 percent of your previous earnings.
- Death Benefits. If a worker passes away from a work-related illness or injury, the surviving family could receive death benefits that pay up to $8,500 for a burial and other costs. Also, depending on the decedent’s surviving relatives, the program could make a one-time or weekly cash payment to the survivors.
You might have questions about these benefits and whether you are eligible for any of them. A Eunice workers’ compensation lawyer could help you understand the benefits for which you qualify and fight for you to receive everything you deserve.
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When a Worker Becomes Eligible for the Workers’ Compensation Program
Employees working for an employer participating in the Louisiana workers’ compensation program are eligible for benefits on the first day they report for work. In other words, a person who has a qualifying work-related accident or illness on day one could collect benefits.
Benefits can cover physical injuries as well as mental injuries from a covered physical injury. In extraordinary situations, a physical injury is not a necessary element for a mental injury to get covered.
There are some situations in which the workers’ compensation program will deny coverage for a job-related accident or disease because of an intentional injury, “horseplay,” intoxication, or physical altercations. You may want to talk with someone from our team if your claim for benefits gets denied.
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How a Eunice Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help with Your Claim
We understand that seeking the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve can come with many challenges. Sometimes, the insurance company denies claims that could have merit or offers to pay far less to the injured employee than they deserve.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can investigate your situation and work directly with the Workers’ Compensation Commission to pursue the benefits you deserve. Contact our team today for a free case review to learn more.
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