While there is no law in Louisiana that requires employees to hire a lawyer to represent them in a workers’ compensation claim, doing so is important to protect your rights and give you the best chance of obtaining medical benefits and wages lost from missing work.
How Can A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help Me?
Here are some ways a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you after and on-the-job injury:
- Explain your rights to medical treatment: There are many rights that you may not be aware of. One such right is entitlement to receive reimbursement for gas mileage or any transportation you use to go to doctor appointments, physical therapy and even trips to the pharmacy.
- Obtaining and developing evidence to support your claim: Your attorney can gather medical records and obtain medical opinions to support your claim. An attorney can also obtain other types of evidence such as vocational expert testimony and statements from family and friends about physical requirements of your work, evidence of improper job training and inadequate safety measures.
- Assess the worth of your claim: Many factors play into the settlement value of your claim such as the severity of your injuries, your previous salary and the cost of medical treatment. An attorney can help calculate your predicted future medical expenses.
- Lawyers Recognize the Insurance Company’s Tricks: An experienced workers comp attorney will know how to negotiate with the insurance company and not accept inadequate settlement offers.
- Representation in Trial: If you are unable to reach a successful settlement, a lawyer can take your case to an administrative trial or hearing and appeal an unsatisfactory court decision if necessary.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP –Lafayette, Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers
Did you Know? According to the CDC, neck, back and upper extremity injuries constituted 42 percent of all workers’ comp claims.