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.