When speaking with Craig Mitchell, he treats you with respect and is very approachable. He makes sure everything is done on time and properly. He is very knowledgeable, personal and professional. I walked into his office feeling scared and alone, and I walked out knowing that my case was in very capable hands. I was getting the runaround from my employer and Workers’ Comp but his knowledge and confidence allowed me to focus on my health. I highly recommend Craig Mitchell to anyone.

- Scott
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What if My Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied?

It can be discouraging when a system put into place to take care of workers injured on the job fails to provide benefits. You may have devoted many years to your employer, and now that you are Too Hurt to Work™, you find your workers’ compensation claim is denied. Paying for your workers’ compensation benefits can cost your employer and its insurance company money. It is for this reason, they may not want to pay your legitimate claim.

If you are denied for the full workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to, you need an experienced New Orleans workers’ compensation attorney. An experienced attorney will not hesitate to fight for your benefits and for your future. It can be a long process, so it is important to get a consultation as early as possible.

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How Long Will My Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits Last?

It can be difficult to say how long your Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits will last since every claim is unique. Payments for lost wages should begin two weeks after you reported your injury. These payments should come every week until you have been cleared by a doctor to return to work. If you qualify for Permanent Partial Disability benefits, then you may receive a lump sum payment no later than 30 days from the time a doctor determines you have a permanent impairment. Supplemental Earning Benefits are limited to 10 years. For permanent, total disability, you could receive workers’ compensation benefits indefinitely.

Types of workers' compensation benefits in New Orleans: Attorneys at Mitchell & Associates keep track of the benefits you should be receiving.

How Do I Start the Workers’ Compensation Process?

There are several important steps in the Louisiana workers’ compensation process. The most critical of these is reporting your workplace injury quickly. You are only allowed 30 days from the time you realize that you were injured at work or developed a workplace-related illness to report the injury or illness to your employer.

Notify your employer immediately and never downplay the seriousness of your injury or illness. Next, seek medical help for your injury or illness. To ensure that you are in the system and your health care is covered, fill out a Choice of Physician form, which is approved by your employer or claims adjuster. Finally, keep careful records. Get a copy of the accident report made by your employer, writing down every detail while they are fresh in your mind. Finally, find out if a workers’ compensation lawyer can help your case. It can be beneficial to involve a New Orleans workers’ comp attorney in the process right from the start.

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What is Vocational Rehabilitation Under Workers’ Compensation?

Unfortunately, all too often, Louisiana workers’ compensation vocational rehabilitation is a way of rushing a worker with a disability due to a work-related injury back to work. This is done so other workers’ compensation benefits can stop. It is important to know that vocational rehabilitation can actually threaten your workers’ compensation lost wage benefit, which pay a part of your wages when you are too hurt to work. This program may be much more geared toward stopping your weekly checks than helping you find the best job opportunity. If a vocational rehabilitation caseworker contacts you following your workplace accident, get help from a New Orleans workers’ comp attorney.

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What if My Social Security Disability Claim is Denied?

The approval rate for SSDI varies from state to state but the national approval rate for an initial application for SSDI is only about 36 percent. At the “request for reconsideration” stage, the approval rate is only about 13.8 percent while at the disability hearing level, the approval rate is about 62 percent. While these numbers seem discouraging, having a New Orleans Social Security disability lawyer by your side from the very first application can make a significant difference in your outcome.

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What Can I Expect If I Contact Mitchell & Associates, APLC for a Consultation?

Attorney Craig Mitchell founded Mitchell and Associates, APLC to make a difference for clients who need help in the state of Louisiana. When you work with our team, you will always get the personal attention you deserve thanks to the values that Attorney Craig Mitchell and Attorney Kiana Mitchell bring to the firm. Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience and have handled hundreds of cases like yours.

To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits or Social Security disability benefits, contact  Mitchell & Associates, APLC. Our firm knows that workers’ compensation and SSDI benefits are difficult to navigate to without the help of an experienced law firm. We want to help you during this difficult time. Call us at (504) 226-6530 for a free initial consultation. With offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, we are here when you need us most.