Lost Wages from a Workplace Injury?
Attorneys Help Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Lafayette
Repayment of wages lost from missing work is one part of workers’ compensation in Louisiana. If you are not receiving wages or if you suspect that you are not receiving a fair amount of wages, a workers’ compensation attorney can help. Since 1996, our firm has assisted injured workers in Louisiana, and we can make sure that your employer and the insurance company is treating your case fairly.
Am I Entitled to Lost Wages after a Workplace Injury?
If you miss work for more than seven days after being hurt on the job, you are entitled to collect lost wages, also known as indemnity benefits, if you stay home to recover from a workplace injury. While recovering from an injury, you qualify for Temporary Total Disability (TTD) if you cannot work but will eventually recover. Usually, you receive two thirds of your typical wages. Your employer should provide weekly or monthly benefits equal to 66.6 percent of the average of your last four weeks’ worth of wages. This payment is subject to the minimums and maximums set by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) regulations.
If you qualify for TTD or PTD (permanent and total disability), you should start receiving indemnity benefits 14 days after you report the injury to your employer.
What if I Cannot Return to my Former Job?
Some injuries or occupational diseases prevent the injured person from returning to his or her former position, which sometimes results in receiving lower wages. If this applies to you, you may qualify for Supplemental Earnings Benefits, or SEBs. If you cannot earn more than 90 percent of your former wages, you can receive SEBs to compensate for the difference.
My Family Member Died on the Job. What Can I Do?
Workers’ comp does offer some wrongful death benefits to family members of workers killed in on-the-job accidents. If the worker had a family of his or her own, they are entitled to weekly or monthly benefits that vary according to each case. They also receive work accident compensation to cover a funeral and burial.
If you have a family member who died or was killed on the job, our firm also practices personal injury and wrongful death law. You should speak to us as soon as possible after the death of a loved one see whether you have a wrongful death case to provide financial assistance to the family.