Under most circumstances, Workers’ Compensation laws protect Louisiana employers from personal injury lawsuits while simultaneously providing employees with a way to quickly receive payment for medical care and a portion of their lost wages without the need to prove fault. However, Workers’ Compensation benefits are very limited compared to the compensation you can receive through a lawsuit, and there are some exceptions that allow you to sue your employer. To learn more about compensation for your Shreveport work injuries, talk to the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene today.
Don’t Skip Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Even if you plan to pursue a lawsuit against your employer, you should file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Talk to your attorney first so that you do not compromise your personal injury claim. You can start receiving your Workers’ Compensation benefits very quickly. The compensation you may receive from a lawsuit will take much more time and you must prove fault.
When You Can Sue Your Employer
There are two types of circumstances that would allow you to sue your employer for your injuries:
- Your employer did not carry Workers’ Compensation insurance as required by law
- Gross negligence or intentional misconduct on the part of your employer caused you injuries
Proving gross negligence or intentional misconduct can be very challenging. Employers who intentionally refuse to comply with safety standards such as providing proper safety equipment, and those who lie to their employees about the toxic nature of substances they work with are two examples of the types of conditions that can constitute gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Why Consider a Lawsuit?
Workers’ Compensation provides much needed benefits, but it does not pay for all of your losses. Damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include your medical expenses, your existing and future lost income, pain and suffering and more.
If you have been injured on the job, you need compensation for your injuries as quickly as possible, and you also full compensation whenever possible. To learn more about your rights and all possible avenues of compensation, after a Louisiana work injury, call the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene at 800-597-9247 or contact us online today and schedule your free consultation.