Workers’ Compensation

Fighting for Compensation for Injured Workers in Louisiana

Getting injured at work or sick on the job can mean you’re out of work for weeks, months, or even years. And when you lose the paychecks you and your family depend on, paying for your medical bills and day-to-day living expenses can seem difficult or even impossible.

At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyers know how uncertain your life can feel when you can’t work. That’s why we’ll do everything we can to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you need. Just dial (866) 897-8495 or fill out a free initial consultation form, and let us put our years of legal experience to work for you.

Gilbert Henry
Gilbert Henry
Josh and Jill did a fantastic job. I cant thank them and Dudley DeBosier enough for all the hard work. wonderful job and veryprofessional
I was in Louisiana to attend my cousin's funeral, when I was injured at a large home improvement store chain; the store management tried to sweep it under the carpet. I reached out to several large and small Law firms without success. Several months later, my favorite uncle heard me moaning in pain; concerned he asked me why wasn't I under a doctor's care. I explained I didn't want to be overwhelmed by bills. My uncle told me about his personal experience with Dudley Debosier Injury Lawyers, ge give me their phone number. I was immediately impressed with the compassion of attorney Monica Moton and her assistant Lucy. Lucy explained to me I didn't have to worry about doctor's bills at that time; she stated I needed to be treated, could go to my own doctors or the firm could recommend a doctor. Lucy told me to expect a call from Monica, for the first time I felt I was going to be okay. Monica and Lucy regularly checked in on me and they kept me updated on the progress of my case
Cassandra LaCour
Cassandra LaCour
Lidia took awesome care of me and made me so comfortable. This was my 1st case ever and I was worried but Lidia made everything awesome. She kept me up to date with everything and was always available for me. If I ever need help again she's the first person I'll call.
Jack Patin
Jack Patin
I was kept up to date on my case and was treated very well. They were wonderful to work with and I highly recommend. Paul and Penny helped me out a lot.
Very proffesional and always let's you know what's going on
Alyssa Dilworth
Alyssa Dilworth
I was told about this law firm more than once. So I knew who to call. The employees were extremely nice whenever I called. I got the help I needed when I needed. I would definitely recommend them if you need some great lawyers!
Scott Bourg
Scott Bourg
I would like to Thank Ross LeBlanc and Amanda Bourliea for all of the help with my Auto Accident Case. They were "Extremely" helpful and kept me informed through the entire process. Very professional and willing to help me with any requests !!!! I would "Strongly" recommend them for any of Injury Lawyers needs !!!!!

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After a Work Injury

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides lost wages and medical benefits to any employee that gets injured in the course of their employment. In most situations, it is a requirement for employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. If you get hurt at work, it is important to report your injury as soon as possible to maximize your chances of getting the benefits you need. It is also important to document as much information regarding your accident as possible in writing.

When reporting the incident, you should provide specific information, including the names of witnesses, the location of the accident, what caused your injury, and the time of day your injury occurred. Your employer may refer you to a doctor, however, you have the right to select your own treating physician based on the type of injury you have sustained.  

Workers’ Compensation Disputes

Employers may deny a workers’ compensation claim for a number of reasons, including:

  • Denying that the accident occurred on the job
  • Accusing the employee of fabricating or lying about the injury
  • Blaming the injury on the employee’s preexisting condition

If the workers’ comp insurance company denies your claim, you do not have to give up your right to workers’ compensation benefits. You have the option of filing a disputed claim for compensation via form 1008.

Once the insurer has received notice of your continued claim, your case will be set for a hearing, during which both parties have an opportunity to present evidence, state their case, and attempt to discount the other party’s argument. This hearing is overseen by a workers’ compensation judge, who mails out a decision to both parties within 30 days of the hearing’s conclusion.

Types of Workplace Accidents We Handle, From Baton Rouge to New Orleans to Shreveport

Some of the most common types of work injuries our attorneys handle include:

  • Head injuries, including concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by falling objects
  • Muscular injuries, torn ligaments, rotator cuff sprains, and herniated discs from lifting, pushing, or other physical activities
  • Repetitive-stress injuries caused by repeated movements that can damage the nerves, tendons, and muscles, including tendonitis and bursitis
  • Bone injuries and amputated or crushed limbs
  • Hearing loss or damage
  • Construction accidents
  • Sickness from exposure to toxins, such as mesothelioma or Black Lung
  • Various injuries to the spinal cord, back, shoulder, eyes, knees, neck, hip, respiratory organs, ankles, wrists, feet, and hands

Such job-related injuries may be the result of unavoidable accidents, insufficient training, faulty machinery, or hazardous working environments. However, under workers’ compensation, employees are not required to prove the reason that their injury occurred, as workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that compensates injured workers without regard to negligence or fault.

Workers’ Compensation FAQs

What is a “work-related” injury?

These are injuries caused by workplace accidents or directly relating to the nature of a person’s occupation. Any injury sustained in the course of doing your job can potentially be a work-related injury and must be treated as one.

What benefits am I entitled to?

You are entitled to necessary medical testing and treatment, as well as rehabilitation services and prescription drugs. You may also be entitled to wage benefits for time missed because of the accident and other considerations. 

Am I entitled to pain and suffering?

Your employer does not owe benefits for pain and suffering related to an on-the-job injury.  

Who pays for workers’ compensation insurance?

It is entirely paid by your employer. There are no payroll deductions made.

How much of my wages are covered?

Your employer is responsible for paying up to 66 and ⅔ of your average weekly wage subject to the yearly maximum and minimum compensation rates. 

Can I sue my employer?

You cannot sue your employer for negligence due to an injury sustained on the job.  If you think that a third party had any responsibility for your accident, you can file a lawsuit against them.

What if my employer refuses to report my injury?

You may report a claim directly to the insurer in this case.

Serving Louisiana Work Injury Victims

At Dudley DeBosier, we’ve been helping injured workers in Louisiana for many years, and we want to help you, too. If you need assistance, speak with a Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Houma, Denham Springs, or New Orleans workers’ compensation lawyer at Dudley DeBosier today.

You shouldn’t have to worry about dealing with the insurance company after a work injury. Let us handle that while you focus on getting better. Call our Louisiana work injury lawyers at (866) 897-8495 for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.