A range of workplace injuries occurs every year in Louisiana. In some cases, the employee only needs to take a few weeks off work to recover. In other instances, the employee needs to take years off due to disability. To protect their rights, workers need to follow the disability requirements precisely.
When going through this process, it can be confusing figuring out whether your condition qualifies you for disability. Fortunately, guidelines exist to help you navigate this field. You deserve to get the workers' comp benefits you need to protect your health and your family's well-being.
Which conditions typically qualify for disability benefits?
The federal government came up with a list of injuries that generally qualify a person to receive benefits. Naturally, this is not a complete list. You may be unable to work with a condition not found on the below list.
- Musculoskeletal conditions involving issues with the back, bones and joints
- Heart conditions, including artery disease, and other cardiovascular problems
- Issues involving the digestive tract, which typically result in liver and bowel issues
- Neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy
- Asthma, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory conditions
- Hemophilia and other blood disorders
- Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety
- Vision and hearing loss or other sensory problems
- Disorders impacting the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis and AIDS
How do you show you qualify for disability?
People with any of the above health problems need to apply for Social Security benefits from the federal government. To qualify, you must have worked at a specific job that qualifies for Social Security for a specific amount of time. You must have also paid Social Security taxes before the injury. You have to prove the disability in question prevents you from working for at least one year and that you cannot work a different job during that time.