Key Steps in Workers' Compensation for Injured Workers
- If you are hurt at work or become ill because of something you
believe to be work related:
- Immediately report your injury or illness to your
supervisor. To be eligible for benefits, you must report the injury within
- Seek first aid and medical attention.
- Continue to keep your employer informed of your
condition and any charges.
- Your employer will report the injury or illness to their insurance
company (or internal claims office if self-insured) and to the Office of Workers'
Compensation Administration (OWCA).
- You will be able to select a doctor of your choice. However, your
employer may arrange an examination by another doctor which you must attend. Your medical
costs will be paid.
- If you miss more than seven days of work and your claim is deemed
compensable, you may be entitled to benefits, or you may receive compensation for a portion
of your lost wages. Workers' compensation insurance also provides benefits to eligible
dependents of workers who die as a result of a work-related incident.
- If your injury or illness is compensable:
- Benefits will be paid beginning on the eighth day
after the injury. You should receive your first benefit check within 14
days after you notify your employer of the injury.
- If you miss work for more than 42 days you will then receive
compensation for the first seven days following the injury date. Any additional compensation
for permanent disability, such as an amputated limb, will be determined after you return to
work or at the end of the healing period.
- Weekly Compensation Benefits:
- If you have received weekly compensation benefits,
you have one year from the date of your last payment to file a formal claim
with the OWCA.
- If you have not received any benefit payments, you
have one year from the date of your injury or illness to file a formal
- Medical Benefits:
- If you have received medical benefits, you have
three years from the date of the last payment to file a claim for medical
- If you have not received any medical benefits, you
have one year from the date of your injury or illness to file a claim.
- Educational Opportunities for a Worker's Dependents:
Kids' Chance is a scholarship program that provides scholarships to
dependants age 16 to 25 for post secondary education of workers suffering a
total or permanent disability or death that is compensable under a state or
federal workers' compensation act or law. For information on Kids' Chance
Louisiana Bar Foundation.
- BEFORE FILING YOUR CLAIM, KEEP IN MIND THAT:
- Delays in reporting your injury or illness will not
only affect your health but also your entitlement to compensation benefits.
- The law covers both mental and physical injury.
- The event causing your injury or illness must arise
out of and be within the course and scope of your employment.
- Any fraudulent action taken by an employer,
employee or any other person for the purpose of obtaining or defeating any
benefit or payment of workers' compensation will subject such a person to
criminal and/or civil penalties.
If you have any questions, please call the Office of Workers' Compensation Administration at
(225) 342-7561, or email us at Answer My Question.