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Main Office

Main
450 N. Causeway Boulevard
Suite A
Mandeville  LA  70448

Phone
  • (985) 624-9393
Fax
  • (985) 624-9319
Workers Compensation
The Law Firm of Shawn M. Murray has been representing people who have been injured while working, in and around New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Mandeville, Madisonville, Covington, Lacombe, Slidell, Hammond, Bogalusa, Houma and Baton Rouge since 1999.
If you have been injured by some sudden, identifiable event while working, chances are you have a Workers' Compensation claim. The accident causing the injuries can be something as routine as a maintenance man twisting his knee climbing down from a ladder or a administrative assistant injuring her back while moving a desk. Most injuries which occur suddenly, as result of some sort of an "identifiable, precipitous" event, while a person is in the course and scope of their employment, will qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits, because the law is designed to be "liberally construed" in order to provide coverage to the injured employee.

For example, injuries which happen on a lunch break or while "horse playing" can qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits if the accident occurred on the employer's premises or on the job site. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents which result in injury can qualify for benefits under certain circumstances, for instance, if the employee was driving a company vehicle or running an errand for the employer. Finally, certain "developmental" injuries which result from a person's employment, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, are also covered by the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act.

The law additionally provides that, if a work-related injury "aggravates, accelerates, or combines with" a pre-existing disease or injury, and results in disability or death, it will qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits.
Thus, if you are not experiencing any symptoms from a pre-existing injury, and a sudden incident/accident on the job causes you to begin having pain and/or other symptoms, chances are good that you have a viable Workers' Compensation claim.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?

1) To choose your treating physician in any area or specialty of medicine

2) To reasonable and necessary medical testing, treatment and medications

3) To receive lost wage benefits when you are unable to work or when you have suffered a loss of earning capacity

4) To receive mileage reimbursement (or have transportation provided) for necessary medical and vocational travel

5) To be awarded penalties and attorney's fees, under certain circumstances, when denied any of the above

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS?

1) Report your accident to a supervisor at your first opportunity

2) Seek medical attention immediately

3) Provide a complete and accurate medical history to every physician that you see

4) Follow your doctor's instructions

5) Keep track of all miles traveled for medical treatment, testing and prescriptions

If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether or not you have a Workers' Compensation claim or whether you are receiving all of the benefits to which you are entitled under the law, please give us a call at (985) 624-9393.

Initial consultations are always free, there is no obligation whatsoever, and you will not owe anything (not even costs or expenses) unless we recover money for you.

Shawn M Murray

Shawn Murray graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal High School in Metairie, Louisiana in 1983, and then from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1987. He then worked as a counselor for the Louisiana Department of Social Services, St. Jude Hospital, River Oaks Hospital and St. Charles Parish Hospital before beginning law school at Tulane University in August of 1996.


 


While studying law at Tulane between 1995 and 1999 Mr. Murray was employed as a law clerk for Chehardy, Sherman Law Firm in Metairie.  Upon passing the bar he began his law practice at Chehardy, primarily handling Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury cases. In 2003 Mr. Murray accepted a position with the insurance defense firm of Rabalais, Unland & Lorio in Covington, defending Workers Compensation cases. During his time there he gained a keen understanding of how the insurance companies think, and the kinds of tactics they use in order to avoid paying on valid claims.  


 


In October of 2005 Mr. Murray started The Law Firm of Shawn M. Murray in Covington, focusing his practice primarily on representing people who had been injured while working. He moved his office to Mandeville in April of 2011. 


 


Mr. Murray now exclusively represents individuals in legal matters involving injuries and death resulting from work-related accidents. He is a member of the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Louisiana Workers Advocates, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Federal Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Greater Covington Bar Association. Mr. Murray is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts. 


 


Mr. Murray is also currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of St. Tammany ("MHAST").

License
  • Bar Number: Attorney and Counsel
    Louisiana , 1999
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1999
    New Orleans, LA
  • Louisiana State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1987
    Baton Rouge, LA

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