What is workers’ compensation?
If you experience an injury on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Work-related injuries may occur from the acute trauma of an accident or fall, or from chronic overuse injuries that gradually result in damage to joints and tissues.
In Louisiana, all employers—excluding those that are statutorily exempt—are responsible for the medical care of their employees who experience an injury on the job. This responsibility spans full-time, part-time, seasonal, and minor workers.
How is a physician involved in a workers’ compensation case?
At the Hand Center of Louisiana, our team of highly trained physicians bring substantial expertise and experience managing workers’ compensation cases. They understand how to provide the timely, targeted treatment to ensure better outcomes and expedite an employee’s return to work. At the same time, they understand how to streamline the workers’ compensation claim by facilitating excellent communication among patients, case managers, insurance adjusters, and employers.
Our experienced physicians provide the following services for workers’ compensation cases:
- Independent medical examinations (IMEs)
- Second medical opinions (SMOs)
- Impairment ratings
At the Hand Center of Louisiana, we also offer fully integrated, on-site care that includes the physical and occupational therapy services that are crucial to recovering from an on-the-job injury.
How should I handle my on-the-job injury?
If you experience an injury within the scope of your employment, contact your employer immediately. By law, you have 30 days to notify your employer of your injury to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer then has 10 days to report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurance company.
Before or soon after contacting the Hand Center of Louisiana for an appointment, gather and document these important details pertaining to your workers’ compensation case:
- Date of injury
- Employer at time of injury
- Workers’ compensation claim number
- Name of workers’ compensation insurance company and its address
- Name of insurance company adjuster and their contact information
How do I receive treatment or a consultation?
At the Hand Center of Louisiana, we recognize the difficulty of experiencing a work-related injury. That’s why we strive to make the process as simple, easy, and effective as possible. Our experienced team coupled with our highly trained physicians work with you to ensure that you return to work as soon as possible in the safest and healthiest manner.
If you need care for a workers’ compensation injury, or you would like to get a second medical opinion (SMO), contact our experienced Workers Compensation Coordinator today using the information below: