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Industrial Accident Safety and Compensation in Louisiana

Accidents are commonly caused by poor equipment maintenance, lack of or ignored safety protocols or training, lack of proper safety equipment, and other forms of negligence. 

While it is difficult to compare the safety of different work environments, it is widely acknowledged that industrial environments are more dangerous than other work environments. These industries commonly involve handling heavy machinery and hazardous substances and working at heights or in confined spaces. Therefore, it is essential to prioritize safety measures in industrial workplaces, including regular safety checks, safety training, and adequate personal protective equipment for workers.

Common Injuries in Industrial Workplaces

Many injuries can result from industrial accidents, including:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Bone fractures
  • Severe burns
  • Electrocution
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Amputations
  • Respiratory problems
  • Chemical burns or poisoning
  • Hearing damage
  • Eye injuries, including blindness
  • Psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Seeking Compensation After an Industrial Accident in Louisiana

Pursuing compensation after being injured in an industrial accident can be addressed in various ways, depending on the situation. 

Workers’ Compensation. Most workers are covered by worker’s compensation which is available to eligible workers for work-related injuries under Louisiana law. This provides most workers with benefits for medical expenses and a portion of their pay. However, workers’ compensation benefits do not provide for non-economic compensation, such as for pain and suffering. Also, your injuries may lead to losses more than what workers’ compensation allows for medical benefits. Furthermore, if you believe you were harmed intentionally, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. In all these cases, it is best to seek the guidance of our firm to understand your options. 

Third-Party Personal Injury Claims. Where your injuries were caused by a third party who did not work for your employer, you may be able to pursue additional compensation through a third-party personal injury claim. 

For example, if you were injured by another driver while driving a company truck or vehicle while on the job, you may be able to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver. If your injuries were the result of defective equipment while at work, the equipment manufacturer may be held liable for compensation.

Independent Contractors: Those who are independent contractors for companies generally do not qualify for workers’ compensation. You are left on your own to cover your losses and damages. In these situations, you may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim seeking recovery of your medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other potential damages. 

Contact Joubert Law Firm for Industrial Accident Claims

Every industrial accident case is different, with varying facts and circumstances. The best action you can take to fully understand your situation is to discuss it with one of our attorneys. Wherever a personal injury claim is appropriate, you may recover compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income/wages, pain and suffering, mental distress, and more, depending on the case.

We urge you to take advantage of our free consultation to learn more about your individual case and what our competent team can do for you. 


Frequently Asked Questions
  • Will I need to pay any money upfront to get my personal injury started?

    No, you will not need any money to get your case started or to initially meet with an attorney. We handle most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you recover money.

  • What is a deposition?

    A deposition is a statement given under oath, usually done in a lawyer’s office before a court reporter. Witnesses called to testify in a deposition answer questions posed by attorneys representing both parties in a case. The court reporter produces a written transcript of everything said at the deposition and the witness can read and sign the transcript, swearing it to be an accurate rendition of the testimony given under oath.

  • What documents should I bring with me when I meet with a lawyer?

    The more information you are able to gather for your attorney, the easier it will be for your attorney to determine whether your claim will be successful. You should supply any documents that might have a bearing on your case, including, but not limited to, collision reports, photographs and medical records. If you have not collected any documents, do not worry because your lawyer will be able to obtain them.

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Industrial Accidents in Louisiana

Accidents can occur in any company that engages in industrial activities such as manufacturing, construction, mining, and transportation. Louisiana has oil refineries, chemical processing plants, and manufacturers of plastics, industrial machinery, and more. Our state engages in food processing, as well as logging, mining, and defense. These industries can put workers at risk for a variety of accidents and injuries in plants, factories, and other facilities.

Common accidents can be the result of:

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