Kyle Barnett Feb. 9, 2015, 4:07pm


GRETNA – A laborer who claims he has had to undergo surgery following a hand injury at work is suing claiming the company waited until his ability to file a workers’ compensation claim had expired before terminating him.

Ramon De Leon Casila filed suit against Insulations Incorporated in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 9.

Casila alleges that on Sept. 9, 2013 he injured his hand during the course of employment, which required two surgeries. The plaintiff contends the he only missed two days of work after surgery and when he reported to work again the day following the second surgery he was not allowed to perform any work activities. Casila asserts that for two months following the surgeries he was not allowed to perform any work duties after which he quit showing up.

The plaintiff claims that due to he injury he was unable to return to his former job doing heavy duty manual laborer. Casila alleges that after remaining on the defendants’ payroll for a year for the purpose of avoiding workers’ compensation payments, he was terminated due of his on the job injury.

The defendant is accused of violating state law.

Damages in the amount if $20,300 for unpaid wages is sought by the plaintiff.

Casila is represented by Lloyd N. Frischhertz of New Orleans-based Frischhertz Pollard Frischhertz & Impastato LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

Case no. 744-997.

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