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Frequently Asked Questions about the Second Injury Board

  1. How, where, and when do I file a claim with the Second Injury Board?
  2. Who files a claim?
  3. What are the pre-requisites for reimbursement?
  4. Do only second injuries qualify for reimbursement?
  5. How is the Second Injury Fund financed?
  6. What benefits are available?
  7. How does an insurer get reimbursed?
  8. How are reimbursements processed?
  9. If the Board denies a claim, can an appeal be filed?
  10. How can I check the status of a claim that has been filed with the Second Injury Board?

  1. How, where, and when do I file a claim with the Second Injury Board?

    A Notice of Claim form is completed and submitted to the Second Injury Board at the address provided at the top of the form. Enclose as much of the information requested on the form as possible when filing the claim. At the least, the first report of injury and proof of insurance coverage/self-insurance must be submitted with the Notice of Claim form. Completed forms can be mailed or faxed to (225) 219-5968.

    The employer, or if insured, his insurer, must file a Notice of Claim form within 52 weeks after the first payment of any benefit (indemnity or medical) by mailing or faxing the form to the Second Injury Board.

    The Notice of Claim (PDF) form can be obtained by downloading it from this site, or by calling the Second Injury Board at (800) 201-2493.

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  2. Who files a claim?

    A self-insured employer, the employer's insurance company, a third party administrator responsible for administering the employer's workers' compensation claims, or an attorney representing either the employer or the employer's insurance company can file a claim.

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  3. What are the pre-requisites for reimbursement?
    • The employee must have a pre-existing permanent partial disability as listed and defined by R.S.23:1378(F) that is an obstacle or hindrance in obtaining employment.
    • The employer must establish that they had actual knowledge of the employee's pre-existing permanent partial disability prior to the subsequent injury by a method stated in R.S.23:1378 A(2).
    • The employee must sustain a subsequent (occupational) injury that results in liability for workers' compensation.
    • The subsequent injury (the accident) would not have occurred but for the pre-existing permanent partial disability; or
    • The disability is greater than would have resulted had the pre-existing permanent disability not been present, and the employer had been required to pay compensation for the greater disability.
    • The employer, or if insured, his insurer, must file a Notice of Claim (PDF) form within 52 weeks after the first payment of any benefit (indemnity or medical) by mailing or faxing the form to the Second Injury Board.
    • The SIF Assessment must be paid to receive reimbursement.

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  4. Do only second injuries qualify for reimbursement?

    No. The employee must sustain a subsequent (occupational) injury that results in liability for workers' compensation benefits occurring after the employer is made aware of an employee's pre-existing permanent partial disability and all the pre-requisites are met.

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  5. How is the Second Injury Fund financed?

    Every property and casualty insurer, individual self-insurer and group of self-insurance funds that have paid workers' compensation benefits make an annual payment (assessment) to the fund. The assessment rate is based on a percentage of the total benefits paid in the prior calendar year. Any entity required by law to pay an assessment to the Fund and has not done so shall not be eligible to receive reimbursement.

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  6. What benefits are available?

    For dates of accident before July 1, 2004 & on/after July 1, 2009, but before July 1, 2010:
    INDEMNITY
    TTD/SEB/PTD After the first 104 weeks of payment of benefits
    Death benefits after the first 175 weeks of payment of benefits

    MEDICAL
    50% of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses actually paid which exceed $5,000.00, but no less than $10,000.00
    100% of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses actually paid which exceed $10,000.00

    On/after July 1, 2004 & before July 1, 2009:
    INDEMNITY
    After the first 130 weeks of payment of benefits

    MEDICAL
    100% of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses actually paid which exceed $25,000.00

    On/after July 1, 2010
    INDEMNITY
    After the first 104 weeks of indemnity

    MEDICAL
    100% of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses actually paid which exceed $25,000.00, including reasonable and necessary Vocational Rehabilitation expenses, if such expenses are directly related to services provided in the actual retention or reemployment of the employee.

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  7. How does an insurer get reimbursed?

    Requests for reimbursement are made using Form B, which can be found on the Downloads section of this site. Instructions for a proper submittal are included on this form. Reimbursement requests are processed in the order that they are received in the office. Prior to any payments being made, Board approval must be obtained. The Second Injury Board meets on the first Thursday of each month. You may use the following link to view the current month's agenda.

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  8. How are reimbursements issued?

    First, the insurer must be a registered vendor with the State of Louisiana. Registration can be obtained at https://www.doa.la.gov/pages/osp/vendorcenter/vendorregn.aspx. In the past, all reimbursements were made by check. Now, Electronic Fund Transfer is available. Enrollment forms can be obtained by visiting the EFT site at http://www.doa.la.gov/OSRAP/EFTforWebsite.pdf.

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  9. If the Board denies a claim, can an appeal be filed?

    Yes. An appeal must be filed within 30 days from the receipt of the Board's decision. Appeals are taken to the 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge.

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  10. How can I check the status of a claim that has been filed with the Second Injury Board?

    To obtain the status of an existing claim, please contact the Second Injury Board.
    (800) 201-2493
    (225) 342-7866
    Fax: (225) 219-5968

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