Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation

Making A Claim With The Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation Can Be Intimidating. We Can Make It Easier.

Who Handles Workers Compensation in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation oversees workers compensation claims statewide. This is one of the places you go to find Louisiana Workers Compensation Forms needed to make a claim. This office is also responsible for keeping track of and enforcing the rules covering workers compensation in Louisiana. These rules are commonly called the Louisiana Workers Compensation Act. Remember this – the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation is not responsible for the paying out of benefits to claimants. They won’t send your weekly checks. Its actually a State office where the day to day business of keeping track of the whether the rules are being followed takes place.  Each employer and its insurer deal with the individual claims. The Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation makes sure they do so by the rules.

Always Report Work Related Accidents Immediately

If you’re injured at work or in the course of doing of your job, the first thing that you need to do is report the accident to your supervisor and employer. You must report the accident as soon as you are physically able to do so. Once that happens your employer has to send an accident form to the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation as well as to investigate the incident and determine if the injuries you claim you sustained are related to your job.

It’s important for you to understand that once you tell your employer about the accident they are then responsible for submitting the relevant paperwork to the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation regarding the incident. The employer’s filing of this paperwork is what, effectively, opens a workers compensation claim. This is why it is so important to immediately report any job or worksite related injury to your supervisor and employer.

What’s The Basic Process After I’ve Reported My Job Related Accident?

If your job agrees you had an accident when you were working it’s important to know that you have the right to select your own doctor. On top of that, all of your medical expenses related to your accident are the responsibility of your employer and their workers compensation insurance. Your employer can send you to a doctor they pick for another opinion, but you’ll still be able to keep seeing the doctor you selected. If your doctor and the company doctor disagree about your injuries the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation will act as the tie breaker. Even then you’re still entitled to file a formal claim and have the disagreement resolved by an administrative law judge.

If your employer does not deny your workers compensation claim, your case will be assigned to an insurance adjuster by your employer’s workers compensation insurance provider. You should begin receiving indemnity or lost wages benefits to replace a portion of the income you will be missing as result of being unable to work. You should also be making sure that your all medical bills are being submitted to the insurance adjuster.

If your employer denies your claim, it is then in your best interest to consult with legal counsel. Dealing with the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation can get confusing. The Louisiana Workers Compensation Act is complicated at times. If you’ve been injured and your employer is not complying under the workers compensation statutes guidelines, you will need professional, legal assistance.

In the management process of approved claims, where workers are not represented by legal counsel, the insurance claims adjuster is the entity that is generally administering the claim and making decisions. It’s generally beneficial to meet with legal counsel for a preliminary consultation so that you are sure to understand all of the rights and options available to you.

If your claim is denied call Mitchell & Associates and visit us at 2Hurt2Work.com. We’ll help you get the benefits you deserve.

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