What to Expect When Filing Your Lake Charles Workers’ Compensation Claim
After a Louisiana workplace accident, your injuries may be severe enough to stop you from being able to go to work as usual and perform your job. In fact, you may not have any idea when you will be able to return to work. In this case, it is common to wonder how you will receive the income you need to support your family and live the life you lived prior to your accident.
In Lake Charles, workers’ compensation is awarded to help you pay for your medical bills and replace lost wages that you incurred as a result of your accident. However, you may still be eligible to receive compensation while your claim is open. Here are a few of the ways how:
- Temporary Total Disability. If you are unable to return to work, you may be eligible to receive temporary total disability. This means that you receive total disability payments on a temporary basis, or until you are able to return to work. It is important to note that the temporary disability benefits are less than what you earned while working.
- Time Loss Compensation. You will receive your benefits paid out on a periodic basis. This often times means every two weeks, just as you would receive your paycheck. However, in some cases, the time periods when you receive your benefits may be longer.
- Loss of Earning Power. This is a benefit that covers you when you are able to return to work, but in a lower paying job. Many times, you will be required to return to work and perform light-duty positions or part-time work. Part of your workers’ compensation will include that you receive a portion of the difference of what you will earn in the lower paying position, and what you previously earned.
While you work through your claim to determine how much you will receive in worker’s compensation, it is important to work with a Calcasieu Parish workers’ compensation attorney. With a lawyer on your side, you can be confident that you will get the maximum settlement available to you so that you are not left to pay for an accident on the job. Call us today at 877-296-7805 to find out more about how we can help you while your case is open.