You've worked in an office for years, typing away at your computer for hours at a time. You start to feel aches in your wrists, that turn into numbness and tingling. Pretty soon, you feel pain in your wrists and go to the doctor. You learn you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Work is making the pain worse. But because the symptoms were gradual, you can't pinpoint the exact day it started. You may be surprised to learn that even if the condition started before you began work, carpal tunnel that is aggravated by working conditions is covered under state workers' comp law.
Workers' compensation is an insurance program that provides weekly financial benefits and medical care to workers who have been injured in an accident or made ill on the job.
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.
A proposed change to the Louisiana workers' compensation program in 2014 came under fire from several New Orleans Saints players. The players said that a law proposed by two Louisiana representatives would have hurt professional athletes while providing no benefit to the state's taxpayers.
Louisiana football fans may have heard about legislation that was proposed in 2014 that would have affected the method of calculating workers' compensation benefits for New Orleans Saints players who were injured. The Republican bill, which was not passed, aimed to change the manner in which Saints' players income losses were calculated if the injury occurred during training camp.
On April 3, a Louisiana lawmaker filed a bill that would combat overutilization of opioids by implementing a closed drug formulary. Essentially, closed formularies would require proof that non-formulary medications are absolutely needed before they can be prescribed to injured workers.
Employees in Louisiana could benefit from learning more about the rights and responsibilities associated with filing a workers' comp claim. Workers compensation insurance may be described as insurance employers are required to purchase in the event that a worker suffers an injury or illness caused by the job. State and federal laws require employers to carry the insurance so disabled or injured workers can receive adequate compensation while away from work.
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.