Injured workers have the right to Workers’ Compensation benefits no matter how major or minor an accident may be, and typically no matter whose fault the accident was. Sometimes employers and their insurers accept the claims and everything goes smoothly. Sometimes claims are rejected either completely or partially, and litigation becomes necessary. Our attorneys have extensive experience in both administering undisputed claims and litigating disputed claims. We will work closely with you and your doctors to ensure that you get everything you are entitled to during this difficult time for you and your family.
Doctors are required under the law to request pre-authorization for most treatment to injured workers. Employers and their insurers have the right to approve or deny that treatment based on the Louisiana Medical Treatment Guidelines. Anyone involved, even the insurance company, can appeal decisions about the necessity of your treatment before you get to the doctor, but the deadlines for doing so are very short and missing the deadline starts the process all over again. You could wait months for treatment that may help you get back to work if you and your doctor are not aware of the Guidelines and the deadlines for appeals. We can help ensure that you and your doctor are up to speed on the Guidelines and that appeals deadlines do not go unnoticed.
When your doctor takes you off of work because of an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to a portion of your salary for each week that you are unable to work. Your work schedule and employment status depend on how the portion is calculated and what pay is taken into account. In addition, employers are given a specific time in which to start paying benefits. Bills pile up fast when you can’t work because of an injury. Insurance companies know that and try to use the pressure of financial instability in order to make you settle for less than you need. Our attorneys know that just one missed payment can be the difference between staying on top of your finances and getting behind. We are dedicated to making sure you get the pay you need when you need it most.