People often spend just as much time on the job as they do at home, and as a result, accidents and injuries readily occur. The most common types of accidents on the job include slip and fall accidents, electrical accidents, and manual handling or lifting accidents, all of which may result in sprains and strains; back, head, and neck injuries; or repetitive strain injuries.
Accidents with a resulting injury that occur while a person is on the job can get complicated. If you’ve been injured while on the job and you were within the “course and scope” of your employment at the time of the accident, you may have a workers’ compensation claim against your employer regardless of the facts of the accident. If your accident or injury was due to the fault of a third party, not associated with your employer, you may have both a negligence claim against the at-fault party and a workers’ compensation claim against your employer.
Louisiana is home to many high-risk industries, like agriculture, forestry, transportation, hunting, construction, manufacturing, and oil and gas extraction. Those employed in these industries are at a greater risk of being injured while on the job, sometimes even fatally. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana consistently has a work-related fatality rate almost twice that of the national average, and, sadly, the majority of those work-related fatalities, 93-97%, are men.
If you’ve been injured at work in the state of Louisiana, and your injury was specifically related to your employment (within the “course and scope” or, in other words, “arising out of employment”), you are entitled to compensation.
Traveling To And From Work
Traveling to and from work is generally not considered to be within the “course and scope” of a person’s employment, and is therefore not covered by workers’ compensation, should an injury occur during travel. In order for workers’ compensation to cover an injury, the employee’s transportation must be part of the work contract. However, there are notable exceptions to this general rule, such as:
Hiring An Attorney
With over 35 years of experience, we at Breaux Law Firm understand how to navigate the world of claims in New Orleans and Louisiana. You can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost respect and priority to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to as quickly as possible. Our job is to get you the maximum compensation you are due. We’re here to protect your rights.
By hiring a trusted law firm to represent you and your case, you can put your mind at ease; this will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us do the paperwork, deal with the insurance companies, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Breaux Law Firm?
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, the attorneys at Breaux Law Firm are the best option for you, and here’s why:
Being in an accident is scary enough, and dealing with the aftermath can be exhausting. Getting back on your feet should be hassle-free. If you call us and we determine, together, that you have a case, we’ll immediately begin fighting on your behalf to make the responsible parties do what is right. We do not stop fighting for you until you receive all you’re owed.
By hiring Breaux Law Firm to represent you for your job-related accident, you can expect a clear legal explanation of your case and an honest assessment of the case’s merits. We can help you get through this difficult time and ensure you’re taken care of emotionally, physically, and financially.
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations applicable to personal injury claims is one year from the date of the accident, so don’t wait! If the suit is filed after the deadline, it can be dismissed. However, it’s always a good idea to seek legal advice, as there are exceptions in which the statute of limitations may be halted and the deadline for filing a claim extended.
Although filing claims or reliving traumatic experiences can be overwhelming, moving towards the compensation you are due is the right thing for you and your family. You’re not alone in this fight. The qualified attorneys of Breaux Law Firm are just a phone call away. Let us handle your case and get you what you deserve.