Are there any exceptions that would prevent an injured worker from filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?
In most cases, you are eligible to collect Workers’ Compensation after a worksite accident. Workers’ Compensation is meant to assist you by paying your medical bills and lost wages after your Louisiana worksite accident, regardless of who was at fault. However, there are certain restrictions on Workers’ Compensation.
These restrictions include, but are not limited to:
- Cases in which the employee was intentionally trying to injure or kill himself or another person;
- Incidents in which drugs or alcohol were the primary cause of the accident;
- Injuries sustained while the employee was engaging in horseplay; or
- Cases where the employee failed to use proper safety gear after having been properly informed and trained regarding their use.
These restrictions are in place to prevent any worker from being compensated for a fraudulent Louisiana worksite accident. Your Worker’s Compensation attorney can tell you how the law will impact your particular case.
While most employees who file for Workers’ Compensation are genuinely injured, some people try to take advantage of the system. When fraud is suspected, the state Workers’ Compensation board or the employer’s insurance company will launch an investigation. If a claim is found to be fraudulent, the worker will be denied payments and could face criminal charges.
If your Workers’ Compensation claim is being denied for unfair reasons and you are having trouble paying your medical bills, you should consult a Louisiana personal injury attorney with experience in worksite accidents.
Contacting a Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney
After a serious accident, while you are dealing with injuries, medical bills, and insurance companies, it’s important to have someone working on your side.
Speaking with an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney after a worksite accident can help you understand your legal rights and options, and if necessary, help you file a personal injury lawsuit to help you recover compensation for your losses.
The Louisiana personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara can help you recover damages for medical bills, ongoing medical treatment, property damage, and other accident-related expenses. Contact us to schedule your FREE legal consultation today – (866) 248-0580.