In this day and age, our lifestyles are defined by our occupations. Our jobs dictate everything about our daily lives: where we live, our budget, and our family’s well being. As we know, each job comes with different responsibilities, some of which we like, others not as much. If you are the manager of a coffee shop such as Mello Joy, one of your major duties could be waking up very, very early every morning to start the morning brew. If you’re a teacher at a local school like Broadmoor or Acadiana, your responsibilities include everything from grading papers to administering tests.
Some occupations in Lafayette Parish include more than just responsibilities, though. Many involve extreme risks, and with extreme risks come detrimental injuries—and sometimes death. Despite Louisiana’s number two ranking for the lowest amount of workplace injuries, that doesn’t mean that debilitating accidents do not occur.
Drilling, along with other occupations involving oil, chemicals, and construction, is certainly one of those risky occupations. And despite the immense amount of training you undergo, there are some risks you can’t protect yourself against. When multiple people are working in a site at one time, safety decreases and there is less in your control. Equipment can fail and the environment can be unpredictable. Regardless of how you are injured on your worksite, it affects your entire life. When you’re injured while working on the rig, all of a sudden your occupation has not only put your safety at risk but also your family’s financial future.
Workers can experience a range of injuries, from broken limbs to concussions, from PTSD to hearing loss. At the Law Offices of Matt & Allen, we work with injured persons throughout Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. We know that when you’ve been injured, especially while at work, it can be one of the most confusing situations you’ll ever encounter. Your doctors, your boss, and experts will tell you many things. You may feel as if your future is no longer in your hands. Your recovery seems endless and the future bleak. Will you still have your job after you are through the recovery process? Will you be able to support your family? How will you be able to perform your job the same way?
As worksite injury lawyers, we walk injured workers and their family members through their options and explain the workers’ compensation process so that they can make the decisions. Despite your injury, your future is still your decision. How you proceed after you’ve been hurt at work can affect your and your family’s entire future.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is the insurance you have as an employee that you will receive financial assistance after you’re injured on the job in your place of employment.
After you’re injured, your employer’s insurance provider should examine the situation to see whether or not your injury falls under Louisiana’s workers’ compensation laws.
What benefits are involved?
One of the first things you will need after being injured at work in Lafayette Parish is obviously medical care. The most important thing to do if you’re injured is to start the recovery process. Many workers’ compensation insurers, along with your employers, will offer assistance in finding medical care for you, whether that means doctors or physical therapists.
How can a worksite injury lawyer help you?
When family members of injured persons call our office, one of the most frequent questions they ask is how we can help them as worksite injury lawyers. The employer is connecting you with their workers’ compensation insurance. They’re being kind and generous through the whole process, offering more vacation time and help where you need it. Why would you need a lawyer?
The truth is, though, that receiving workers’ compensation after you’ve sustained a worksite injury is not as black and white as it may seem. You’ve been injured and your employer is responsible; it is important to remember this when they are giving you advice. For whom are they advocating, you or themselves?
This is where a worksite injury attorney comes into play. When you call the worksite injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Matt & Allen, we are your advocate. We don’t advocate for the employers or the insurance agency; we’re solely fighting for you and what is best for you and your family.
We’ll help you think long term. For example, if your injury made it so you are unable to perform the same job as you used to hold and you now need to accept a lower paying occupation, you have substantial future lost wages. Because you are injured, you will no longer be able to earn the same amount you would have been able to. A worksite injury attorney will help you figure out the future, especially in regards to this type of issue.
There is a great deal of paperwork and discussions involved in the Louisiana workers’ compensation process. Meanwhile, you or your loved one is recovering. You recover; we have the rest of it handled. Your family doesn’t have to handle this stressful time all by themselves. There’s help out there just for you.
About our Firm
Both Miles A. Matt and Aaron J. Allen have been helping people in Louisiana for over twenty-five years. With experience both in the legal industry and in engineering in the oil industry, they understand the risks and dangers of working in this lucrative field. Amongst other reasons, that is why they are so passionate about helping injured employees receive the help they need and, more importantly, the help they deserve.
If you have any questions about worksite injuries and what your options are afterward, be sure to contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.