Moving on from a Job Injury, What’s Your Next Move?

    You got hurt at work. It disrupted your life. But then—if everything went as it should—Louisiana workers’ compensation provided financial benefits and medical care to help you recover.

    Now you’re looking to the future, thinking about getting a new job.

    Maybe you need to make more money than workers’ comp lost wages benefits pay. Maybe you’re eager to get back to doing work you find productive. Maybe you want a safer job than the one where you got hurt.

    But you may wonder, “Can I change jobs while on workers’ comp?”

    You can. If you get injured while working one job then switch to a new job, some types of workers’ comp benefits can carry over.

    Other types of benefits, you will lose.

    So you need to make this decision carefully, weighing what’s most important to you.

    On this page, the experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Workers’ Compensation, LLC, give an overview of considerations that go into this choice. Keep reading for more.

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    Changing Jobs While Keeping Workers’ Comp: When You Can and Can’t

    Sometimes, workers’ comp itself can cause changes to your job, even when you weren’t trying to find a new job.

    This can happen a couple of ways:

    • Light-Duty Work: If your doctor approves you to return to work, but on a “light-duty” basis, you could take a different role in which your employer makes accommodations for your injury. You may be required to take that job. This is a case where turning down the new position could cause you to lose your workers’ comp benefits.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation: Another type of workers’ comp benefit is vocational rehabilitation. This is where a counselor advises you on getting back into the workforce after your job injury. As always, be careful. Vocational rehabilitation is a workers’ comp benefit that’s designed to get you off workers’ comp benefits.

    A major problem workers encounter with workers’ comp is when employers, doctors chosen by employers, and insurance companies try to stop your benefits before you’re ready.

    If you have an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation attorney looking out for your interests, you can make sure you don’t get shortchanged on workers’ comp benefits while you navigate going back to work.

    Workers’ compensation benefits are a crucial resource for starting a new chapter after your working life is disrupted by an accident and injury.

    The Louisiana workers’ comp lawyers at Workers’ Compensation, LLC, can help you navigate this process to your best advantage.

    Our attorneys have a combined 130 years of experience helping people with workers’ comp in Metairie, New Orleans, Hammond, the Northshore, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Monroe and all across Louisiana.

    Talk to our workers’ comp attorneys about putting yourself in the best position for the future.

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    What Types of Jobs See Workers’ Comp Head Injury Cases?

    Industries and jobs in which workers experience the most head injuries nationally, in Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, include these:

    • Manufacturing
    • Mining
    • Agriculture
    • Construction
    • Retail
    • Transportation
    • Warehouses
    • Health care
    • Hospitality

    Many of those jobs also report the highest numbers of overall injuries that lead to lost work time in Louisiana, such as manufacturing, transportation, retail, health care, and tourism and hospitality.

    Those jobs involve their own special hazards, but just about any job in Louisiana is covered by head injury workers’ compensation.

    All employers in Louisiana must carry workers’ comp insurance. And the main requirement for getting workers’ comp benefits is being injured on the job.

    It’s that simple. But sometimes employers and workers’ comp insurance companies make it complicated. They may try to delay, reduce or deny your benefits.

    Your workers’ comp attorney from Workers’ Compensation, LLC, can counter their moves and protect you from having financial support that you deserve pulled away from you.

    Workers’ compensation for a brain injury can make a major difference in your life, giving you the foundation you need to focus on your own well-being and move beyond this trauma.

    Our workers’ comp lawyers can help you make sure you get the maximum benefits available to you.

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