Category Archives: Workers Compensation

Our videos about workers compensation in Lafayette help to explain what a person should do after an on-the-job accident, and when to call a lawyer.

Do You Have a Say In Choosing a Doctor For a Workers Compensation Claim?

You are entitled to your own choice of physician in a Louisiana workers compensation claim. If there’s a dispute between a doctor and the claimant’s treating physician there’s a procedure called a state independent medical exam. In that case a third doctor reviews the opinions of both doctors. If there’s a dispute between those two doctors the state can get involved and appoint a third doctor. You have to abide by what that state doctor says are covered under the Workers Compensation Act and you need to be honest and tell the truth about those pre-existing conditions. Find out why, and more in this video with attorney Robert Martina. Video Transcription: In Louisiana, workers compensation claims you’re entitled to your own choice of physician, each field of specialty. But the workers compensation carrier, or the employer is entitled to send you for second medical opinions to doctors of their choice….
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What Happens in a Workers Compensation Hearing?

When you file for workers compensation benefits, you may attend several hearings over the course of settling your claim. An attorney can work with you to prepare you for each workers compensation hearing. If your case eventually goes to trial, then a lawyer can represent your best interests. Watch attorney Shelly Maturin explain the process of a workers comp claim, including the hearing you may have to attend. Video Transcription There are constant hearings throughout the workers comp process. Typically, they are—especially the beginning of the claim, we can file motions to compel the employer to provide medical treatment for them and a choice of physician. That’s typically the first step in the process and then depending on what happens throughout the claim there are various opportunities for hearings, motions compel employers to answer our discovery questions that we asked them. Also, if the claim continues to be denied then…
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What Are Indemnity Benefits in Workers Comp?

Indemnity benefits in workers comp cases are the benefits injured workers receive to make up for their lost wages due to a workplace accident. However, these benefits are typically only a percentage of you regular wages. Additionally, you may receive different types of workers compensation indemnity benefits depending on your injuries and their permanent effects on your life. Watch attorney Robert Martina discuss the four types of lost wages compensation after a work injury. Video Transcription Well, indemnity benefits, it’s another word of saying lost wages. When you’re injured and unable to work pending medical treatment, you’re entitled to indemnity benefits. In Louisiana, like most states, you don’t get your full pay if you’re on workers compensation, you get two thirds of your average weekly wage in Louisiana but it’s non-taxable. So, if you’re earning six hundred dollars a week before you got hurt and then you’re hurt and then…
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