Workers Compensation

Work injuries happen all of the time in Mississippi. People often get into accidents at oilfields, factories or construction sites. However, all jobs presents there share of risks.

Fortunately, if you have been hurt on the job or suffered a serious illness because of work, there is help available to you. You may be able to seek benefits that cover your medical expenses and part of your lost wages through the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation program.

This program requires employers with five or more regular employees to either self-insure or purchase workers’ compensation insurance. It is a no-fault program. Benefits are available regardless of what happened to cause your injury or disability.

However, you must take the proper steps when filing a claim. You may also need to take action if your claim is denied or fails to provide you with the proper amount of compensation.

Our firm can help you get through this process. We believe there is nothing more important than protecting the rights of workers and their families.

Contact Abdalla Law, PLLC, today to get started with a free consultation.

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Available in Mississippi?

The Abdalla Law, PLLC, can help you obtain the many different kinds of workers’ compensation benefits that are available to Mississippi workers. These benefits include:

Medical Benefits
Whatever “reasonable and necessary” medical services you need for your injury, illness or disease until you achieve “maximum cure.” Any emergency care, surgery, medication, therapy, rehab or travel expenses to get medical care is covered.
Temporary Total Disability
If a doctor certifies that you cannot work because of your injury, you can receive up to two thirds of your average weekly wage until your doctor certifies that you can return to work with a maximum of 450 weeks of benefits.
Temporary Partial Disability
If your injury or illness allows you to work but prevents you from earning what you could before, you can receive up to two thirds of the difference between the two salaries.
Permanent Partial Disability
If you have an injury that causes a permanent disability, you can obtain compensation for your lost earning ability.
Permanent Total Disability
If your injury prevents you from ever reentering the workforce, you can obtain benefits for up to 450 weeks. Loss of a hand, foot, arm, leg or eye or any combination of such losses is considered permanent total disability.
Death Benefits
If you are the spouse or dependent of a loved one who suffered a work-related death, you may obtain payments for up to 450 weeks. The benefits include a funeral allowance and an immediate lump sum payment to a surviving spouse.
Your employer or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer provides these benefits. Medical benefits are paid directly to the care provider. Lost wages and disability benefits are paid directly to you. You should be paid twice per month, or every 14 days.

How Can a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help You?

Before you do anything, you need to report your injury or illness to your employer. You need to do this within 30 days after the injury occurs. Your employer or their insurance company should then handle your claim promptly and begin providing you with the benefits you deserve.

However, you should also immediately contact a lawyer.

Our firm can help injured workers and their families in a number of ways:

If you are being told that you need to go to a doctor of your employer’s choice
Keep in mind: You have right to choose your medical provider and be referred to at least one other specialist without needing to get pre-approval from your employer or the insurer.
If your claim is denied
As long as you were hurt or suffered a job-related illness, there should be no question about your right to collect benefits. Sometimes, employers will contend that a worker’s injury or illness was not connected to their job.
If your claim is only partially honored
Unfortunately, an employer or insurer may insist that you are able to return to work before you are fully recovered from your injury.
In many cases, we can reach a settlement by negotiating directly with the employer or workers’ compensation carrier. In some cases, we may need to pursue an appeal and seek benefits through a hearing before the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Can You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if You are Hurt at Work?

You cannot sue your employer if you recover workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury or illness. However, personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits may be filed in certain situations:

If you are an independent contractor
You are not considered an employee, so you will need to bring a claim against the party responsible for your injuries.
If you are injured by a non-employer
If you are hurt on the job by someone who isn’t your employer, you can actually receive workers’ compensation benefits while pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party at the same time.
Our firm can help you pursue these types of claims, which are called “third-party liability” claims.  We have extensive experience in personal injury law and can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Get Help from a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today

Whether you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits or a third-party liability claim, our firm has the skill, experience and resources necessary to help you.

A work related injury or illness requires immediate attention, so make sure to contact us without delay. We will review your case for free.

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