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From auto accidents to defective product injuries to workers’ compensation claims, we’re here to help Louisiana injury victims.
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Dudley DeBosier has a trusted team of personal injury lawyers who have been helping injured people 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 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.
you’re applying for workers’ compensation benefits, even a minor mistake or a
single missed deadline during the filing process can cause your claim to be
denied. During the application process, the Louisiana workers’ compensation
lawyers at Dudley DeBosier can:
your workers’ compensation settlement is denied, it’s our goal to fight for
your rights and appeal your claim—even if that means taking your case to trial.
You can count on Dudley DeBosier to go the extra mile for you. That’s the
Dudley DeBosier Difference.
compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement 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.
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. After the initial
injury report, you have one year to file a workers’ compensation claim. 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. Next, you may be required to submit to a
medical examination by your employer. After that evaluation, however, you are entitled
to treat with your own choice of physician.
doctor’s testimony on the claimant’s injuries can greatly influence the amount
of benefits awarded. To receive workers’ compensation, claimants must receive
an independent medical examination or insurance medical exam (IME) by a doctor
of the company’s choosing. Insurance companies often use this as a means to
limit payouts and liability. Sometimes, assigned doctors can work with
insurance companies and deny the existence of an injury or wrongfully clear an
employee to return to work. Injured workers seeking a second professional
medical opinion may switch doctors only once.
To ensure that you are receiving a proper
examination, it is important to have an experienced workers’ compensation
attorney guide you through the process.
may deny a workers’ compensation claim for a number of reasons, including:
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 to appeal in court. There are several avenues you can take to move your claim forward in the case of a denial.
you have a denied workers’ compensation claim, you can avoid a hearing and try
to come to an agreed-upon solution internally. In this case, an attorney acts
as a mediator between both parties as you try to come to an agreement. If no
solution is found, a hearing becomes the next option.
The first step to moving your claim into an official court hearing is filing the correct paperwork with the state of Louisiana. For disputing standard workers’ compensation claims, file form 1008. If the dispute is over medical benefits, file form 1009.
the insurer has received notice of your continued claim, a hearing occurs in
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.
Louisiana, further appeals are heard by the Circuit Appellate Court, and
appeals must be filed federally.
of the most common types of work injuries our attorneys handle include:
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.
is a “work-related” injury?
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.
benefits am I entitled to?
are entitled to necessary medical testing and treatment, as well as
rehabilitation services and prescription drugs. You may also be eligible for
“wage and hour claims,” payments for time missed because of the accident and
pays for workers’ compensation insurance?
is entirely paid by your employer. There are no payroll deductions made.
much of my wages are covered?
employer is responsible for recovering most of the wages lost during unplanned
time off as the result of a work-related injury.
I sue my employer?
cannot use the workers’ compensation procedure to sue your employer, but if you
think that a third party had any responsibility for your accident, you can file
a lawsuit against them.
if my employer refuses to report my injury?
may report a claim directly to the insurer in this case.
At Dudley DeBosier, we’ve been helping injured workers in Louisiana for many years, and we want to help you, too. 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 us today at (866) 897-8495 for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.
During this time of uncertainty, please know that we are here and ready to help.
If you’ve been injured, we can arrange a virtual meeting in order to start work on your case right away.
While COVID-19 presents a danger to our community, we will adhere to Louisiana State Law and Gov. John Bel Edwards's recommendations, and close our physical office. However, we remain fully operational, and we’ll continue to offer our services via telecommunications.
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