At Schwartz Law Firm LLC, with offices in Metairie and Baton Rouge, our workers’ compensation attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience protecting the rights of injured workers in southeast Louisiana. We find that many clients have similar initial questions about Louisiana workers’ compensation, so we have decided to provide answers here.
Naturally, more questions will arise from these answers. It is secure to address these additional questions with one of our lawyers because the answers will depend on your unique situation and the severity of your injury.
Q. What should I do if I have been injured at work?
A. You should notify your employer in writing within 10 days from the date of your injury.
Q. Can I see a doctor of my choosing?
A. Yes. You can see a doctor of your choice, and if your employer refuses to allow you to do so, we can bring your case to court.
Q. How much does workers’ compensation pay?
A. Workers’ compensation pays about 66 percent of your average weekly pay, but no more than $650 a week.
Q. If I am injured at work, what benefits am I entitled to?
A. You are entitled to lifetime medical care pertaining to the injury, disability compensation, rehabilitation services and lost wages.
Q. My employer seems to be treating me differently since filing a workers’ compensation claim. Can they do that?
A. It is against the law for employers to discriminate against employees who have filed workers’ compensation claims. It is also against the law to fire someone for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Q. I am a seaman who was injured at work. Do I file a workers’ compensation claim?
A. Injured seamen can sue for damages under the Jones Act.
Q. What compensation am I entitled to under the Jones Act?
A. Injured seamen can recover damages for lost wages, medical benefits, pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, future wages, future medical costs and “maintenance,” which is a per diem in the amount of room and board on a vessel.
Q. I am not a seaman, but I was injured while working aboard a vessel. Do I file a workers’ compensation claim, a Jones Act claim or neither?
A. Workers who were injured while aboard a vessel are entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).
Q. What benefits am I entitled to under the LHWCA?
A. Injured vessel workers can recover lifetime medical benefits and lost wages.
Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.