Workers Compensation in New Orleans
What is workers’ compensation?
If you are injured on the job in the state of Louisiana, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. On-the-job injuries may involve acute trauma, such as accidents and falls, or overuse injuries that gradually damage your tissue and joints over time.
According to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act, every employer, unless statutorily exempted, is responsible for the medical care of any employee who suffers an injury within the scope of employment. This covers full-time, part-time, seasonal, and minor employees.
What is the role of a physician in a workers’ compensation claim?
The board-certified team of orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans appreciate the complex nature of on-the-job injuries. They know that a safe and quick return to work depends on timely and accurate medical care.
In addition to providing careful diagnosis and high-quality treatment, the team at OANO helps to expedite the workers’ compensation claim process by facilitating good communication between you, your case manager, insurance adjuster, and employer.
The team can also provide the following workers’ compensation services:
- Second medical opinions
- Independent medical examinations
- Impairment ratings
The OANO physicians have strong working relationships with physical and occupational therapists in the New Orleans metro area who may also play an integral role in getting you back to work.
What should I do if I get injured at work?
If you’re injured at work, the first thing to do is notify your employer immediately. If your injury requires emergency treatment, make sure to tell representatives at the emergency care facility that you were injured on the job.
The second thing to do is to file a claim with your state’s workers’ compensation commission. At some point before or soon after you call OANO to schedule an appointment for a workers’ compensation claim, it’s helpful to have the following information:
- Date of your injury
- Workers’ compensation claim number
- Workers’ compensation insurance carrier name and address
- Employer at the time of the accident or injury
- Insurance adjuster’s name and contact information
The team of physicians at OANO work with you to make this process as quick and easy as possible, getting you back to work in a safe and timely manner.
If you need treatment or a second medical opinion for a workers’ compensation injury in the state of Louisiana, call Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans at (504) 899-6391 today.