LOUISIANA OFFICE OF WORKERS COMPENSATION
The Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation is a
Division of the Louisiana Department of Labor. The Louisiana
Office of Workers Compensation has a number of specialized
divisions involved in the administration of the Louisiana Workers Compensation system, including:
- a Medical Services Division which oversees
disputes about medical treatment.
- a Fraud Division which investigates
allegations of fraud by employers or employees.
- a Hearings Division which operates ten
Hearing Offices throughout Louisiana.
The Hearings Division is the part of the Louisiana Office
of Workers Compensation with which individuals may file a
Disputed Claim for Compensation if their case is not
being handled correctly by the insurance company. Filing
this form with your
local Louisiana Office of Workers
Compensation Hearing Office will eventually result in a
trial before a Louisiana Workers Compensation Judge.
Though the facts of each case are different, there are a
number of things that must be done in almost every claim to
prepare a Louisiana Workers Compensation case for trial.
Most Louisiana Workers Compensation claims include three or four
conferences with the Court in the months leading up to a
- An Initial Mediation Conference, in which the parties meet
with an Attorney Mediator who works for the Louisiana Office
of Workers Compensation to
determine if the claim can be resolved through settlement or if the
issues can be simplified. This meeting is often held as a
telephone conference call.
- A Status Conference or Pre-Trial Conference, in which the
Judge and attorneys discuss and select the dates for (1)
completing the exchange of information about the issues, (2)
submitting documents required for trial to the Office of
Workers Compensation, (3)
participating in the Pre-Trial Mediation Conference, and (4)
holding the trial.
- A Pre-Trial Mediation Conference, at which the parties
meet at the Louisiana Office of Workers' Compensation a few
weeks before the trial to discuss the case and attempt to
resolve the issues through negotiation.
Many cases will also include the depositions of the injured
employee, the physicians who have examined the employee,
the insurance company's adjuster and other witnesses who
know important information about the claim.
Next: Louisiana Mediation Conferences and Trials
trial of a Louisiana Workers Compensation claim may be as brief
as a few hours, to as long as two days. After the Judge's
decision is issued, either party may file an appeal with the
Louisiana Appellate Courts.
It typically takes
about 9-12 months from the time that a
Claim for Compensation is filed until the case goes to
trial. An appeal of that decision will usually involve at
least 6 additional months. These time periods may be highly
variable depending upon the circumstances of each individual