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In addition to providing coverage for work-related accidents, the Louisiana Workers Compensation Act also provides coverage for some work-related illnesses or diseases.  The illness must be disabling, and must result from causes and conditions that are "characteristic of and peculiar to" the employee's job or work environment.

In most circumstances, if you develop an illness during your first year on the job with your employer, the law presumes that your medical condition is not work-related. That presumption can be overcome and your claim can be successful if you have convincing evidence which shows that your medical condition was caused by your employment.

The Louisiana Workers Compensation Act specifically provides coverage for some medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Other medical conditions, like degenerative disc disease, arthritis, mental illness and heart disease, are specifically excluded from coverage.

While these conditions are excluded from the Occupational Illness statute, they may still impact the severity of an injury caused by a work-related accident. They may also limit your ability to return to work when you've reached maximum medical improvement from another injury that is covered by the Louisiana Workers' Compensation laws.

If you become disabled because of a work-related illness, your Louisiana Workers Compensation benefits should based upon the wages you were earning at the time you stopped working for your employer, or the date of your last exposure to the condition that caused the illness, whichever is later.

If your employer refuses to provide Louisiana Workers Compensation income and medical benefits for an occupational illness or disease, you must file a Disputed Claim for Compensation with the Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation within one year of the date that:
  • The disease manifested itself.
  • You become disabled from working as a result of the disease.
  • You knew, or had reasonable grounds to believe, that the disease or illness is related to your employment.

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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
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