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Contrary to what many people believe:

  • Your Louisiana Workers Compensation benefits often can be terminated while you are still under active medical care.
  • Your employer usually is not required to obtain the approval of the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation before terminating your benefits.

One of our primary goals is to have your Louisiana Workers Compensation income benefits and medical benefits continue without interruption until you either return to work or settle your claim. There are many things that you can do to improve your chances of receiving benefits on a regular basis, including attending all of your medical appointments.

Unfortunately, Louisiana Workers Compensation insurance companies will sometimes terminate your income or medical benefits based solely upon the results of a limited examination performed by a doctor they selected for a Second Medical Opinion. If the insurance company is able to obtain a report from their doctor that says you can go back to work, they may terminate your benefits even though your treating physician continues to withhold you from work. 

You have many options in such a situation, including:

While it is true that employers usually are not required to obtain the approval of the Louisiana Office of Workers' Compensation prior to terminating your benefits, there is one important exception to this general rule. Judicial approval is required prior to terminating benefits if the only basis for termination is because you refused to submit to an examination with a physician selected by the employer or insurer. If your benefits have been terminated solely because you failed to attend a medical appointment arranged by your employer or their insurance company, you should contact an attorney for assistance in filing Disputed Claim for Compensation with the Louisiana Workers Compensation Court.  

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David Buie, Louisiana Workers Compensation Attorney and Social Security Disability Attorney, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1400, New Orleans, LA 70131, (800) 851-9405 / Fax: (866) 702-5297 Representing claimants in:
Alexandria Baton Rouge Bossier City Covington Gretna
Hammond Harahan Harvey Houma Kenner Lafayette Lake Charles
Laplace Marrero Metairie Monroe New Iberia New Orleans
Opelousas Ruston Shreveport Slidell Terrytown

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