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What happens when workers' compensation benefits are denied?

Workers' compensation benefits are different than compensation that may be awarded in general personal injury cases. Employees who are injured on the job in Louisiana may be entitled to benefits, which include coverage for medical care, rehabilitation, disability or lost wages. Not every claim for benefits is approved, however.

According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, when a workers' compensation claim is denied, some options exist for the worker. One option is filing a dispute through the state. The dispute is put on record via Form LWC-WC 1008, which is called a Disputed Claim for Compensation form. According to LWC, the process of appealing a decision in this manner could take between six and nine months. Continued appeals could stretch the matter even longer.

The danger of working on an offshore oil rig

If you live in Louisiana but work on an offshore oil rig, you should know that you have a very dangerous line of work. In fact, when the data was recently analyzed, it was found that the fatality rate in this industry was as much as seven times what the fatality rate was for other workers on the mainland. For jobs on shore, there were only 3.8 deaths for every 100,000 workers, but oil rigs saw a rate of 27.1 deaths for every 100,000 workers.

The data that was examined stretched from 2003 to 2010.

Truck accidents are cause of increased major accidents

With a major Interstate rolling right through the area, Lake Charles, Louisiana, is no stranger to large trucks and commercial transportation vehicles. Residents also see trucks throughout the city as drivers deliver and pick up goods. While most residents wouldn't be surprised to hear that vehicle accidents involving trucks such as 18-wheelers often feature more damage and injuries than similar crashes between cars, a study from Taylor and Francis took math and statistics to the issue.

According to the study, truck-related incidents account for 11 percent of road crashes involving fatalities. Though that may seem like a low percentage when you consider that trucks only account for 8 percent of road traffic, the accident number becomes more striking.

Distracted driving is more than just texting in Louisiana

Texting and driving has gotten a lot of press lately, as it is one of the main forms of distracted driving that can lead to accidents. Drivers who are on their phones, either reading text messages or sending their own, are not fully watching the road. They can have slower reaction times, and they are more likely to get in accidents in Louisiana. However, it is important to remember that distracted driving is more than just texting and driving. It also includes things like:

- Trying to eat while behind the wheel.- Looking at a map or trying to type a destination into a GPS system.- Talking to other people in the car.- Attempting to browse the web or read email messages.- Watching videos on phones and other portable devices.- Putting on makeup or doing other things to groom oneself while driving.- Changing the station on the radio or switching songs on an MP3 player.

Louisiana woman overcomes personal injuries to walk down aisle

Several years ago, a Louisiana woman was involved in a car accident that left her severely injured. Paralyzed and suffering from massive burns, the woman reports that she woke up wondering if she was paralyzed or if her legs had been amputated. Four years after the accident, the woman made news when she walked down the aisle at her wedding.

According to reports, the woman's spinal cord was not completely severed, which gave hope that she might one day walk again. Even before she could concentrate on that goal, however, the woman reports that it was a struggle to even sit up. She underwent numerous medical treatments and surgeries, including skin grafts and a nine-hour procedure that involved inserting rods and plates into her back.

The danger of an SUV rollover in Louisiana

There are a few different types of rollover accidents that can lead to serious injuries, with the most common being accidents in which a vehicle hits something—this is often known as tripping—and rolls. This will sometimes happen to older SUVs that have a center of balance that makes them prone to rollovers. Without a wide stance and being as tall as they are, they can overbalance easily.

However, it is worth noting that some rollovers happen without any obvious cause. These cases are not common, but could still lead to a serious accident—and perhaps a crash that is even more serious than a standard rollover, since it would happen seemingly out of nowhere.

Do cellphones really increase car accidents?

It's long been known that a distracted driver of any type is a danger on the roadway, and one of the biggest distractions for drivers of all ages is the mobile phone. But how much does phone activity impact the risks of being involved in a car accident in Louisiana and around the country?

According to Texting and Driving Safety, the smallest portion of time a person's attention is away from the roadway while texting is five seconds. It doesn't seem like a long time, but a vehicle traveling at 55 mph travels 100 yards during that time -- the length of a football field passes while eyes are away from the road. In many cases, the distraction lasts longer than five seconds.

The risks of a repetitive job in Louisiana

By their very nature, many jobs in Louisiana are fairly repetitive. Take, for example, processing and packaging orders to ship them out of a warehouse or working on an assembly line. As a specialized worker, you may do the same task again and again, day after day. While the job may not be physically difficult, this repetition can actually be dangerous over time.

The problem is with a condition called tendonitis. This can lead to pain, numbness, swelling and other such issues. You may feel very stiff after a long day at work or when you wake up in the morning.

Powered industrial truck accidents

When Louisiana residents think of commercial truck accidents, most people probably consider large trucks on the roadways. Accidents can also occur in controlled industrial environments where employees operate powered vehicles such as forklifts.

Powered industrial trucks are operated in a variety of ways. Some vehicles require a traditional rider driver while others are operated by someone walking next to the machine. Federal law does not allow for anyone under age 18 to operate such vehicles, and even older operators must undergo specific training and certification before they are allowed to operate the trucks.

Why do drug recalls happen in Louisiana?

As you may know, drugs are never put out on the market before they have been tested, often through multiple testing stages. The goal is to know all about side effects and health impacts long before a consumer would take the drug. However, they are still recalled from time to time. Why does this happen?

There are multiple reasons, one of which is that side effects may show up with extended use that were not found during the tests. These things were not predicted, but multiple reports show the true impact, and the prior tests no longer matter. The drug has to be taken off of the market so that it does not hurt more consumers.

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