Appellate Court Reduces Award for Scarring

Where an employee is seriously and permanently disfigured, the employee is owed compensation not to exceed one hundred weeks.  The Office of Workers’ Compensation... More

Intoxication Defense Defeated with Coworkers’ Testimony

Plaintiffs’ father was killed in an unwitnessed work accident when he was caught in a pinch point while operating a lift truck.  An investigation... More

Average Weekly Wage Calculated Based on Plain Reading of Statute

Claimant sustained an injury in the course and scope of his employment.  Employer initiated benefits, and Claimant filed a disputed claim for compensation alleging... More

Exception of Res Judicata Denied

The legal doctrine of res judicata provides that a valid and final judgment is conclusive between the same parties.  It essentially bars a party... More

Failure to Reimburse Physician-Dispensed Medication Costs Results in Penalties and Attorney Fees

Two recent decisions handed down by the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal considered an employer/workers’ compensation insurer’s objections to health care provider dispensed... More

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Leads to Arrests

Criminal cases involving possible workers’ compensation fraud are referred to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office for further investigation. On October 20, 2015, the owner... More

Denial of Claim for Questionable Injury Upheld on Appeal

Claimant was employed by Sol’s Pipe & Steel (“Employer”) pulling steel to fill customer orders. Claimant alleged that he injured his shoulder at work... More

Evidence Discredits Claimant

Claimant worked for Employer as a pool table technician when he began experiencing back pain. Claimant continued to work several months through the pain,... More

Lies, Lies, Lies… restitution based on Claimant’s fraudulent misrepresentation

In Wiltz v. Luba Worker’s Compensation, Claimant appealed a finding by Judge Lanier of the Office of Workers’ Compensation awarding restitution after Claimant was... More

Continued Work Limits Recovery

Claimant slipped and fell at work injuring her back and hip on November 26, 2011.  Employer accepted the claim and paid indemnity benefits from... More