Q I suffered an eye injury at work and my boss is giving me time off to get medical care, but shouldn’t I get workers’ compensation benefits as well?
More than likely you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your work-related eye injury. Whether your eye injury occurred as a result of your employer’s negligence, a co-worker’s carelessness, a mistake made by you, or as a result of defective equipment, when an injury occurs during the course of your job you should be entitled to benefits under Louisiana workers’ compensation laws.
Not only should you be given time off of work to seek medical treatment, but you should be getting the benefits you need and deserve. If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance in Louisiana, you should be able to collect compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses. This includes hospital bills, doctor’s bills, tests, medical treatment, and rehabilitation.
- Mileage costs. Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of mileage for traveling to and from doctor’s appointments.
- Lost income. If your work-related injury prevents you from working and making the wages you are used to, you should obtain lost income benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
If your eye injury results in partial or permanent vision loss or eyesight problems, you may need disability benefits and more compensation that what the workers’ compensation benefits provide. For this reason, it is critical to have an attorney on your side who is skilled in workers’ compensation laws and can help you pursue the benefits you need and deserve.
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