Louisiana Healthcare Worker Injury Lawyer
As coronavirus, Ebola, and other highly contagious, and very serious diseases, spread worldwide, the health risks to healthcare workers increase significantly. These risks are in addition to the risks these workers normally face. In fast-paced environments, like emergency rooms, trauma injuries, like falls, are quite common. The repetitive stress of lifting beds and other repetitive motions causes many injuries as well. These workers fight hard to protect us. When they get hurt, they deserve an equally hard-working team who fights for the benefits they deserve.
At Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, our Louisiana healthcare worker injury lawyer have that same kind of dedication. Once we begin work on your case, we do not let up until we obtain the best possible result under the circumstances. As outlined below, state workers’ compensation usually applies to these injuries. Other victims have other legal options, such as filing a civil damage claim in court. Our hard work begins with a thorough case evaluation, so your claim starts on, and stays on, the right path.
Future Lost Wages
In about half of the job injury claims we handle, the victims recover 100 percent within a few months. So, in about half the cases we handle, the victims either never recover or never entirely recover.
These issues are quite common, in Louisiana and other states. However, these questions are unusually complex in the Bayou State.
Generally, basic workers’ compensation in Louisiana lasts 100 weeks. As mentioned, about half our clients fully recover before the 100 week period (a little less than two years) expires. “Full recovery” means they can go back to their same jobs at the same pay level. SEB (Supplemental Earnings Benefits) are available for up to 520 weeks (ten years) if injured victims are less than 90 percent healed. A different formula applies to SEB calculation.
Catastrophic injury victims are usually entitled to lump-sum payments. Survivors of fatal workplace accident victims usually receive the same kind of benefits.
Future lost wages may also be an issue in basic workers’ compensation claims. Assume Juan slips and falls at work a day before his probationary period expires. Because of his injury, he’ll miss the scheduled pay increase. He’ll also miss things like future overtime opportunities and missed prorated signing bonus payments. Our Louisiana healthcare worker injury lawyers ensure that his lost wage replacement benefits reflect these future increases.
Future Medical Expenses
Frequently, permanent injuries also mean permanent medical bills. If workers’ compensation settlements do not accurately reflect these costs, victims are usually financially responsible for them.
Over time, future medical expenses are often higher than immediate medical expenses. That’s especially true in spine injury and other catastrophic injury matters.
It’s almost impossible to reopen closed cases, especially if the two sides agreed on an out-of-court settlement. Therefore, it’s very important to get issues like future medical expenses right the first time. Usually, our attorneys partner with medical specialists in situations like these.
Count on a Dedicated Orleans Parish Attorney
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Louisiana healthcare worker injury lawyer, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, LLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.