You work hard at your job. You put in long hours – often overtime – to support your family. But one day, an accident happens while you are at work. Suddenly, you’re injured; in pain, out of work, and full of questions about how to move forward. Without income and with mounting medical bills, you need help to get you through a challenging time.
Louisiana, like all states, has a workers’ compensation system designed to provide financial and medical resources to those who suffer workplace accidents. That system usually precludes workers from filing personal injury suits against their employers. But workers’ comp benefits do not necessarily cover all the losses incurred after an on-the-job injury, nor do they prohibit personal injury claims against other parties that may be responsible for your injuries.
At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans workplace accident lawyers help hard-working individuals in and around New Orleans obtain compensation for work injuries caused by negligence or wrongful conduct. Our attorneys know how difficult it can be when you find yourself unable to work, struggling to get better and navigating other financial and practical burdens after a serious injury. With experience, skill, and a steadfast commitment to the well-being of our clients, we fight tirelessly on behalf of injured Louisiana workers.
Over 35,000 Louisianans Hurt at Work Every Year
Sadly, every year sees lots of Louisiana workers injured and killed in workplace accidents. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, 35,700 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses befell Louisiana workers in 2016. 95 Louisianans were killed on the job that same year.
Common workplace injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Neck, back and shoulder injuries
- Burns and scars
- Broken bones
- Broken bones
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries
- Aggravations of existing conditions
Contact Our New Orleans Workplace Accident Lawyers Today. Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Your Only Option
Many employees believe that if they’ve suffered an injury while at work, filing a claim for Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits may be the only way to get their medical bills paid and their lost income replaced. That is true – most of the time. However, in some circumstances, an injured worker in New Orleans may have a personal injury claim for damages against parties other than their employer if those parties contributed to the cause of the accident and injury.
Example of potential claims against third-parties for on-the-job injuries include:
- Claims against the manufacturer of a defective or unreasonably dangerous machine or piece of equipment which caused the injury.
- Claims against the manufacturer of a toxic substance if the substance was the cause of the injury.
- Claims against the negligent driver of another car or a property owner if you were hurt while driving or visiting a site in the course of your employment-related activities.
The reason such third-party workplace injury claims are important, if available, is that workers’ compensation benefits alone may not cover all the losses suffered by a worker and their family after an accident. Additionally, other damages that might be available in a personal injury lawsuit, such as pain and suffering damages, are unavailable in workers’ compensation claims.
The New Orleans workplace accident lawyers at Bloom Legal know how badly people hurt on the job want to get better and get back to work. When you reach out to us for your free initial consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your accident and injury to determine the full extent of available claims you may have. We will aggressively pursue any and all such claims to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Posted By: Tyler Ales