3 Things You Didn’t Know About Workers’ Comp

Did you know that regardless of who is responsible for an injury itself, injured persons are entitled to compensation? If you have sustained a work-related injury as a full-time, part-time or seasonal employee, workers’ compensation can cover your medical bills and recovery time for accidents and occupational diseases.

The workers’ comp process can be long and complicated, especially when insurance companies or employers try to minimize or deny workers’ comp claims, which necessitates a workers’ comp attorney. 

A work-related injury is classified as an injury that occurs while at work or while doing something on behalf of your employer in the course of your employment. This also includes any injuries that occur at a company sponsored or work-related event.

Even the most careful employees can fall victim to accidents at work. Every year, hundreds of thousands of injuries happen in the workplace. Some common workplace injuries qualifying for workers’ compensation include:

  1. Slip & Fall - Slip and fall injuries are possible in nearly every workplace environment. A slip and fall injury may seem minor at first but could result in long term side effects. 

  1. Repetitive Strain Injury - This type of injury has become more commonplace in recent years. From excessive keyboard use to repetitive joint motions. The long-term impact of RSI can be serious. 

  1. Cuts & Fractures - From power tools to paper trimmers, these injuries can vary in severity but should all be taken seriously. 

Even seemingly minor injuries, such as strains or sprains, can substantially impact an employee and slow a business’s operations and productivity. Documentation is key in a workers' compensation claim case. It is important to report every hurt, bruised, or swollen body part, no matter how minor it may seem at the time. Bracing for a fall with your hands could later lead to shoulder and arm pain, so it is important to document every part of the body that was involved in the accident. 

The attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat are here to represent your workers' compensation case with the fighting passion you deserve. Our head workers’ comp lawyer, Robert Martina, worked for workers’ comp insurance carriers for almost 15 years. His experience provides valuable insight into the tricks these companies use to minimize or deny claims based on different technicalities. This gives Galloway Jefcoat a unique advantage in Louisiana workers’ comp claims that can greatly benefit you and your case. 

The circumstances of each case are different. Our firm cannot guarantee that in any situation, including the examples mentioned in this blog, are grounds for legal action until the circumstances surrounding that specific event have been reviewed by an attorney. To find out if an incident is grounds for a legal claim, please call us today at 337-326-5426 or contact our office for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.


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