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Why you need an attorney to get the workers' comp you deserve

You are not required to have an attorney represent you while you seek workers' compensation benefits after being injured on the job. However, if you want to maximize the amount of benefits that you will receive, then an experienced attorney is your best bet.

Daylight savings time results in increase of workplace injuries

Many Louisiana residents may have lost an hour of sleep during the daylight saving time change, but according to researchers, the time change could have more severe consequences. Using injury data gathered between 1983 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration, a study published in 2009 by the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that the daylight saving time changes resulted in 68 percent more workdays lost due to injuries and a 5.7 percent increase in overall injuries.

Attenuator vehicle driver killed

A three-vehicle accident at a work site in Louisiana left the driver of an attenuator vehicle dead on Nov. 3. The deadly incident took place on the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain at about 3:40 p.m. When the driver of a garbage truck struck the attenuator vehicle near mile marker 20, the attenuator vehicle and driver fell into the lake.

Does workers' compensation cover my inability to do my old job?

Many Louisiana families may depend on one spouse’s wages as their sole income. It is, therefore, not uncommon for them to experience anxiety when considering potential workplace injuries that may cause disabilities and long periods of absence from work. Although there are conditions and limitations to the benefits paid by the workers' compensation insurance fund, it aims to provide financial aid in a fair and reasonable manner. Every work-related accident is unique and assessed individually, but there are some basic rules for eligible workers.

Be prepared to appeal your denied workers' comp claim

Even though filing for workers' compensation can be a complex process, it also may seem that an injured worker should have no problem in acquiring workers' comp. He or she has been injured in a serious workplace accident, and all the injured worker wants is the financial coverage he or she should be entitled to under workers' comp to help them get by during this period of recovery and rehabilitation. Without that workers' comp an injured person (or his or her family) could struggle financially for a long time.

Is workplace safety part of the income equality debate?

As many Louisiana residents are aware -- and, indeed, people all across the country are aware -- income equality has become a major debate in our time, if not the major debate of our time. Many people point to flagging income for workers and low minimum wage rates, the latter of which is changing, albeit slowly. However, there could be another area of the workplace that contributes to income inequality, and it's probably not what you would think: workplace safety.