workers compensation

How Much Will You Get From Worker’s Compensation Benefits?

If you can’t work or lost pay because of an employer-caused job accident or illness (including psychiatric or psychological conditions), your employer is required by law to pay you 2/3 of your normal income, tax-free, as well as your medical treatment, physical rehabilitation costs and equipment, temporary disability benefits, psychiatric or psychological treatment, supplemental job displacement benefits, vocational rehabilitation if necessary, and a return-to-work supplement.

Louisiana Injured Workers Are Entitled To Benefits Under Federal and Louisiana Law

To secure the medical care and financial compensation you’re legally entitled to, an experienced, diligent workers’ compensation attorney can help. Gordon & Gordon Law is dedicated to helping injured workers protect themselves financially and receive the medical care and vocational support they need. Founding partners Stephen Gordon and Daniel Gordon’s legal skills are finely honed, backed by the most up-to-date knowledge of workers’ compensation’ complex and convoluted rules.

Because workers’ compensation is exceedingly different from any other area of law, our legal team focuses on its intricacies which is imperative for the successful pursuit of benefits that federal and Louisiana laws say you’re entitled to.

A Summary Of Louisiana’s Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ comp insurance provides the following benefits:

MEDICAL CARE COSTS

Ambulance service
Emergency room treatment
Physicians fees
Prescriptions
Physical rehabilitation
Assistive equipment

PSYCHIATRIST OR PSYCHOLOGIST FEES

TEMPORARY DISABILITY
Lost wage payments while you’re recovering.

PERMANENT DISABILITY
Lost wage payments if you don’t completely recover.

SUPPLEMENTAL JOB DISPLACEMENT VOUCHERS
Retraining and/or skill enhancement if you don’t recover completely and can’t return to your job.

DEATH BENEFITS
Spousal, children or other dependents receive monetary compensation when an employee dies because of job injury or illness.

For expert legal assistance filing your workers’ compensation claim and pursuing benefits, Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s team of knowledgeable, experienced attorneys can help. Or if you already filed a claim and it was denied, we can help you through the arduous process of filing an appeal.

How Much Is A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Going To Cost?

When you consider hiring an attorney, perhaps one of the first things you worry about is money. How much is an attorney going to cost me? Because you’re already worried about your finances, perhaps you’ve considered going at it alone to save money. However, when you try to go through the workers’ compensation claims scenario by yourself, you’ll be faced with what for many is an overwhelming and confusing process tangled in red tape, complex procedures, and inflexible deadlines. One wrong step and your claim compensation may be significantly delayed or denied altogether.

In the end, handling it alone may cost you dearly.

Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s No Up-Front Cost Guarantee

When Gordon & Gordon Law takes your case, you’ll never pay us a cent up-front. We’ll cover all the costs no matter what. Only after we acquire your monetary settlement will we be paid a reasonable, pre-agreed fee. In other words, no money comes out of your pocket, and we don’t get paid until you get paid.

With all that’s at stake, you can’t afford not to have the best Louisiana workers’ compensation attorneys to handle the confusing and complex claims or appeal process and meet the statute of limitation deadlines.

Strict Statutes of Limitations Restrict Time for Filing A Claim—Call Us Today So You Don’t Lose Your Rights

To learn how you can protect your financial and medical rights as an injured employee, contact the premier Louisiana workers’ compensation attorneys Stephen Gordon and Daniel Gordon today at 318-716-HELP (318-716-4357).

During a personal, no-obligation meeting in one of our Shreveport, Mansfield or Bossier City offices, we’ll listen attentively to what happened, clarify your benefits’ rights and respectfully discuss a preliminary strategy for handling your case. Or if it’s more comfortable for you, send us a message on our website, and someone from our office will be in touch with you promptly.

(And if you’re too injured or ill to visit us, we’ll come to you.)

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When to Hire a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

To file a workers’ compensation claim, there are confusing forms to fill out and file, unfamiliar language and abbreviations, piles of paperwork and inflexible deadlines. If you get one thing wrong, your claim is likely to be denied. And facing it all feels like too much. Hasn’t enough harm has been done to you when you were injured while responsibly and conscientiously performing your job duties?

When Is It Time to Hire A Shreveport Employee Injury Attorney?

Now is the time to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer when you’ve been injured on the job or are ill because of work conditions. If you’re unable to work and have lost critical income—and medical expenses and other bills are mounting—you can never begin the claim process too soon.

And because Louisiana statute of limitations deadlines are strict, if you wait to file a workers’ compensation claim, you may permanently lose your right to benefits.

As a hard-working injured employee, you deserve the help of a skilled, aggressive workers’ compensation attorney immediately who will work hard to acquire your lawful benefits.

And because workers’ compensation law is exceedingly specialized, a finely tuned focus on its intricacies is imperative for the successful pursuit of the benefits federal and Louisiana law provides. With attorneys Gordon and Gordon as your lawyers, you can be confident his legal skills are top-notch and that he’s up-to-date on the most current, often changing workers’ compensation laws and regulations.

Do You Know How Federal and Louisiana Laws Protect Injured Employees?

When you’ve been injured on the job because of dangerous, toxic, hazardous conditions, by law your employer is required to pay your medical care, temporary disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, vocational rehabilitation, a return-to-work supplement, psychiatric or psychological care when needed, and 2/3 of your usual pay, tax-free.

Attorney’s Gordon and Gordon—Committed to Unwavering Focus

As a skilled hands-on firm, Gordon and Gordon are uniquely qualified to vigorously pursue the medical care and financial compensation you lawfully and morally deserve. Throughout the process, he will consistently and respectfully communicate with you about the progress of your case and answer phone calls and emails promptly.

Focusing On Your Work Injury’s Unique Circumstances At No Up-Front Cost to You

As your vigilant advocate, attorneys Gordon and Gordon fully understand how critical obtaining a just workers’ compensation settlement is to your quality of life, whether you’re a husband, wife, father, mother or a single person. Unlike some other law firms, he and his compassionate legal team will take a personal interest in your well-being.

When the Gordon and Gordon firm takes your case, you’ll never ever pay a cent up-front—only after we acquire your monetary settlement will he be paid a reasonable, pre-agreed fee.

Even if You Began the Claims Process, or Your Benefits Were Denied, It’s Not Too Late

If you already filed a claim, you may be overwhelmed by the process. Or if you filed a claim, and it was denied, attorneys Gordon and Gordon can appeal it.

Quick Action is Critical—Call Us Today So You Don’t Risk Losing Your Rights

To learn how you can protect your rights as an injured employee, contact the Gordon and Gordon law firm now for your free, no obligation case assessment for the Shreveport, Bossier, Mansfield areas. It’s easy. Contact Gordon and Gordon today!

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Third Party Work Injury

Have you been injured due to work-related conditions and think your only option for monetary damages recovery is through workers’ compensation?

It’s not necessarily true.

Attorney Representing Workers Injured on the Job in Louisiana
Recovering Damages Beyond Workers’ Compensation—Third-Party Responsibility

While you may assume that workers’ compensation benefits are your only source of a financial recovery, it’s possible the responsibility for your injuries may be the fault of a third party. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation beyond the limitations of a workers’ compensation claim. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/workplace-injury-lawsuit-sue-30334.html

 

Work Injuries Caused by A Third Party Require A Competent Lawyer to Determine Your Rightful Compensation

 Third-party liability (responsibility) occurs when a non-employer person or entity causes your work-related accident. For instance, third-party liability may include but is not limited to:
https://law.justia.com/codes/louisiana/2009/ccp/ccp1111.html 

  • Manufacturers/designers of dangerous, defective equipment.  
  • Contractors and subcontractors.
  • Service providers.
  • Non-employee vehicle drivers.
  • Owners of property visited while performing work tasks.


Because workers’ compensation recovery is limited, if an employee’s injuries are severe, they may not recover all their medical expenses and lost income. What’s more, workers’ compensation law does not provide recovery for noneconomic damages. Non-economic, or “general,” damages include pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, mental anguish, loss of consortium (companionship) and in egregious incidents of reckless or negligent conduct, punitive damages. https://www.justia.com/injury/negligence-theory/third-party-liability/

 

That’s Where the Shreveport Personal Injury Attorneys At Gordon & Gordon Law Can Intervene

 The consequences of a work injury can significantly alter your life and should be taken seriously. The Shreveport Gordon & Gordon accident attorneys can intervene and help you achieve what you rightfully deserve when workers’ compensation isn’t enough to cover your financial needs. Our success proving third-party fault demonstrates we have the skills and experience to build a strong case beyond a workers’ compensation claim.

 If you believe a third-party may be responsible for your injuries, it may be possible to win monetary recovery beyond workers’ compensation benefits. With 30 years combined experience representing injured workers, we have the knowledge, resources and investigative skills necessary to accurately determine what caused your accident. Upon investigation, our lawyers will determine whether you have a viable claim against a third-party.

 

Dedicated to Thorough Third-Party Accident Investigation and Advocacy for Your Healing and Financial Future

At our Shreveport law firm, we have a track record of consistently obtaining major financial settlements for clients injured because of work-related third party causes. And we also are widely known and respected within the legal, insurance and civil court arena for our unique approach to optimal compensation pursuit for complex work-related accident claims
 

For those who are permanently disabled or face a long, costly recovery, such a third-party lawsuit may be critical to your overall well-being because it may yield far greater overall compensation than a limited workers’ compensation claim.

 

While we never offer false hope or unrealistic expectations about recovery outcome, when we evaluate your case and meet with you, we’ll tell you honestly whether we believe you have a winnable case. No matter what, we’ll listen attentively to what happened and seriously consider your concerns, doing all we can to help.

 

We’ll Never Charge You A Cent Up-Front—We Get Paid Only When We Win Your Case

And if we think we can win compensation for your injuries, you’ll never pay us a cent up-front. We’ll handle all the costs of preparing your case from hiring medical and private investigators and accident scene experts, to interviewing witnesses and handling depositions, managing arbitration and mediation, paying court filing costs, and, when applicable, covering all the costs of trial litigation. Only after we win your case, will we get paid from a pre-agreed percentage of your settlement.

 

Learn Your Rights—Call Now to Speak To A Highly Skilled Employee Injury Attorney

To begin the fight for the injury compensation you deserve, call 318-716-HELP (318-716-4357) for a free, no-obligation meeting in one of our Shreveport, Mansfield or Bossier City offices with the Northwest Louisiana’s premier personal injury advocates, Gordon & Gordon Law. Or if it’s more comfortable for you, send us a message on our notepad, and someone from our office will be in touch with you promptly.

 

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Personal Injury Vs. Workers’ Compensation: Which One Should I File?

Have you been injured at your workplace or while performing your work duties, such as a slip and fall? If so, you may be thinking of filing a workers’ compensation claim to pay for your medical bills and help to recover your damages. However, did you know that you may also file a personal injury claim, which could provide you with a better settlement than workers’ compensation?

Generally, workers assume that when they are injured at work, the only option they have is through workers’ compensation; but in some situations, it’s possible to file a personal injury claim as well. Many believe that this is considered ‘suing’ your boss, when in reality a third party may be responsible, such as the owner of the building. In this scenario, the third party’s insurance would be responsible for handling the cost of their safety shortcomings.

When Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim

When you are injured at your workplace or off-site while carrying out work-related tasks and decide to file a workers’ comp claim, you don’t have to prove that your employer, co-worker, or any other party caused the injury. Instead, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits even when the injury was your fault in some way. This is exactly what this type of coverage is for. It’s meant to protect workers who become injured in any way, since even if the injury was their fault, they would not have been injured if they were not on the job working for someone else.

If you decide to go with workers’ compensation, you will not receive anything outside of economic costs, but you may recover damages such as medical expenses, weekly compensation for wages, permanent impairment benefits, and vocational rehabilitation. You will not, therefore, be able to claim for pain and suffering. This is because workers’ compensation is actually a form of insurance, or a trade between the business owner and the providers of labor.

When Filing A Personal Injury Claim

The biggest and most important difference is that a personal injury claim is based on fault and a workers’ compensation case is not. In order to recover damages against someone for a car accident, a slip and fall, or indeed any type of negligence claim, the other person must be negligent, meaning that he/she must have done something wrong.

Another difference between a workers’ comp claim and a personal injury claim is that the latter are not limited to any specific set of people (i.e. workers). In fact, anyone who is injured due to the negligence of another is eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit, including workers. But in order for an injured worker to recover damages through this more broad route, they must be able to prove that another person or party was at fault or negligent, and caused the injuries.

Unlike workers’ comp damages, personal injury damages are compensatory, which can include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and damages for pain and suffering resulting from the injury.

If you have been injured in a work setting, you may wish to consider the following factors when considering legal remedies:

  • Who is liable for the injury?
  • Was the injury was directly caused by performance of work tasks?
  • Was the injury a one-time event or a recurring condition?

If you have further questions regarding an injury, it may be necessary to discuss more with your employer, or hire a lawyer for more advice.

You’ll Probably Need To Hire An Experienced Attorney

It’s unfortunate when you’re injured on the job, but there are options available to you. Injury and workers compensation laws have a special relationship that is often difficult to understand. You may need to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer to better understand and handle your case. Your attorney can inform you of the different options available to you with regards to an injury that occurred in a work setting. Also, if you need to appear in court or before a judge, your lawyer can help represent you in those times.

Gordon & Gordon Law Firm has been representing clients in the Northwest Louisiana area for over 30 combined years of experience. Attorneys Stephen Gordon and Daniel Gordon founded the law firm of Gordon & Gordon to provide legal representation for people who have been personally injured due to the fault of others. They both work and live right here in the Ark-La-Tex area and will provide a free consultation to you if you call our offices today.

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What Is A Contingency Fee?

A client pays contingent fees to a lawyer only if the lawyer handles a case successfully. Lawyers and clients use this arrangement only in cases where money is being claimed—most often in cases involving personal injury or workers’ compensation.

In a contingent fee arrangement, the lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage (often about one third) of the recovery, which is the amount finally paid to the client. If you win the case, the lawyer’s fee comes out of the money that awarded to you from your settlement. If you lose your case, neither you nor the lawyer will get any money, but you will not be required to pay your attorney for the work done on the case either. On the other hand, win or lose, you probably will have to pay court filing fees, the costs related to deposing witnesses, and/or similar charges.

The amount a lawyer can charge for a contingency fee is generally not regulated by law. There are some limited exceptions to this rule, including worker’s compensation claims or claims brought under certain federal laws like the Federal Tort Claims Act. However, because of competition, contingency fees are very uniform throughout the country. Usually, the more complex or time-consuming cases which require the expenditure of considerable costs by the lawyer will demand higher contingency fees. If the lawyer must risk substantial sums of money on risky cases, he or she will often charge a higher contingency fee.

Contingency fees could sometimes be frustrating for both clients and attorneys. In general, contingency fees might be considered a problem for the client or attorney:

  • If a case settles quickly or recovers a lot of money, clients may feel frustrated that the attorney was paid more than the attorney deserves.
  • If a case goes longer than expected or recovers little money, the attorney may be frustrated by lost time and expenses.

In other words, contingency fees by nature will not be 100% accurate, and either the attorney or client may feel somewhat shorted. Attorneys understand this risk, and they can still offset being paid too little on some cases with being paid more than expected on others. Still, clients paying a large fee to an attorney may feel frustrated and want to consider a different payment option depending on the size or nature of their case.

Contingency fees are rarely, if ever, available for these legal areas:

  • Real estate
  • Business litigation
  • Criminal defense (DUI, traffic, drug, and other charges)
  • Adoption
  • Immigration
  • Divorce and similar family law issues
  • Bankruptcy
  • Drafting a contract, will, trust, or other legal documents
  • Starting a business
  • Registering a trademark, copyright, or patent

Consult one of the experienced attorneys at Gordon & Gordon Law Firm to see if your important legal matter can be handled without any cost to you upfront. Our free initial consultation has no obligation, and we’ll work closely with you to determine what the best approach to your case might be, even if a contingency fee is not available or other options are preferable.

Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety Check: Mistakes You Might Be Making

Car seat safety isn’t only a good practice to retain, it’s the law! Anyone with a child is likely to understand the importance of car-seat safety and how difficult it can typically be to set one up. Almost half (46%) of all child seats that are put into a vehicle include mistakes in the installation or in securing the child to the seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The errors significantly “reduce the protection of that car seat or booster seat in the event of a crash,” the agency concludes. Studies suggest that parents and caregivers were often confident that they had done it right, but still unknowingly failed to follow all safety precautions when securing their child into a car seat.

 

Some of the most common mistakes made while securing a child into a car seat are:

  • Using the wrong size seat at the wrong age
  • Not positioning the seat where you can get the tightest fit
  • Not fastening the harness straps securely enough or in the correct position
  • Using both lower anchors and the seat belt— you should choose just one type of installation method.
  • Not using the top tether for a front-facing seat. The top tether is critical whether you’re using a seat belt or lower anchors.
  • Continuing to use lower anchors when your child has surpassed the weight limit

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Association

 

Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2015, 35% of car crashes involving children who not buckled up correctly to the car seat or booster seat resulted in fatalities. For this reason alone, it is very important to choose and use the right car seat, correctly, every time your child is in the car. A car-seat check can help bridge the gap between thinking you’ve got it right and knowing you do.

 

The following steps will guide you through installing your car seat correctly and keeping your child safe:

  • Read your car seat’s instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual. Every seat and vehicle is different, which may affect the way the way that you’ll install your particular car seat.
  • Place the car seat in the back seat of your vehicle, in the rear-facing position.
    Carefully thread the seatbelt through the rear-facing belt path and make sure there are no twists in the seat belt.
  • Buckle and lock the seat belt tightly to the back seat. (You should not be able to move the car seat side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch.)
  • Make sure your car seat is installed at the correct recline angle, since babies must ride sitting semi-reclined to keep the airway open.
  • Place your child in the car seat with the child’s back flat against the car seat.
  • Place harness straps over the child’s shoulders. Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slots located at or below your child’s shoulders.
  • Buckle the harness and the chest clip, and tighten until snug. The harness is snug enough when you cannot pinch any extra material at the shoulder.
  • If your baby needs support, try to fill the empty spaces with small, rolled blankets on each side of the baby’s shoulders and head so the fit is snug.
  • Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit. Always buckle the child in the seat first, and then place any coats or blankets over the harness.
  • Place the seat’s chest clip at armpit level, which will hold the harness straps in place on the child’s chest and shoulders.

 

You should never put your children at risk the next time you head for the grocery store, over to grandma’s house, transporting to school, or the dozens of other places you may take them on a weekly basis. Be certain to educate yourself on the latest rules or receive the help from trained Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician who will inspect and approve your car seat installation if you have any doubts. Many parents try their best and still can’t figure this out, while others may think they can stretch an infant seat until they need a booster just to save a bit of money. While there is no link between the cost of the car seat and its effectiveness, please do take all the time you need to make sure you have the right seat with the correct installation for your child’s safety!