Certain accidents that occur while engaged in work-related activities can be serious. Catastrophic injury or death can be the result in the worst-case scenarios. Fortunately, however, the vast majority of claims filed under Louisiana workers’ compensation laws involve less severe accidents or no accident at all. Isolated incidents or recurring, repetitive movement can lead to workers’ injuries as well.
The workers’ compensation system was established to remove fault as an issue in resolving injury claims by workers against their employers. Liability is not an issue as long as the injury is work-related and the employer and employee are covered under the relevant state workers’ comp statutes. The injured worker could potentially recover for medical expenses and treatment, lost wages and rehabilitation services where appropriate. Most claims result from everyday activities performed routinely on the job.
Topping the list of work-related injuries are ones received from what are commonly called slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases. Many such incidents occur simply from moving in and about the workplace. Other typical workers’ comp claims result from the use of machinery and lifting of objects. To reduce incidents of injury, experts say that safety protocols and instructions should be part of every job site.
Despite the goal of removing adversarial actions between employer and employee in workers’ comp cases, it sometimes becomes necessary to involve a lawyer. Some reasons may include a delay or denial of a claim, an inability of the worker to return to his or her previous job, a settlement offer for less than actual damages or the involvement of a third party in the injury accident.