An accident in the workplace can blindside a person. An injured worker must worry about recovery and grapple with their bills which are getting harder and harder to pay because they are unable to work. Accidents in the workplace frequently occur, accounting for approximately 2.5 million accidental injuries in the U.S. per year, according to OSHA.
Injured Worker’s Rights in Mississippi
If you are injured on the job, you have the right to recover the costs of your injury, your lost wages and other damages. The total costs of your injuries whether they are minor or severe are covered by worker’s compensation as long are
The types of compensation you may be entitled to include:
The costs of your medical expenses including surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation.
Lost wages after a five-day waiting period. If you are out of work for more than 14 days, you can get disability beginning on the date you were injured. (Mississippi Code § 71-3-11 (2013))
Emotional distress if your injury was severe or a loved one was killed.
Vocational rehabilitation if you cannot perform the same job you did before your injury.
Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Laws
Mississippi businesses with more than five employees are required to have worker’s compensation insurance. If an employer doesn’t carry workers’ comp insurance, they can be subjected to a personal injury lawsuit and the state can impose costly fines.
If your employer doesn’t have worker’s compensation, refuses to file your claim, or is wrongfully denying you benefits contact the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission at:
1428 Lakeland Dr.,
Jackson, MS 39216
Just like rights, you have responsibilities following a workplace accident. First, you need to seek medical attention. Your employer may direct you to a hospital or urgent care facility included in their insurer’s network. Below is a list of hospitals in Mississippi:
The University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada
960 J K Avent Dr.,
Grenada, MS 38901
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 N State St.,
Jackson, MS 39216
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi
2301 S Lamar Blvd,
Oxford, MS 38655
Secondly, you must notify your employer about your injury immediately. They are responsible for filing your workers’ compensation claim, so you need to file an accident report as soon as you are able.
And, you need to follow a doctor’s orders strictly. If they tell you not to lift more than five pounds and you do anyway, workers’ comp can refuse to pay your claim.
Why Should You Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney in Mississippi?
Many workers’ compensation claims are approved right away, and an employee has no problem getting the benefits they deserve. But if you are one of the many employees whose claims are denied, you need the help of a worker’s compensation lawyer. Our worker’s compensation lawyers in Mississippi have the knowledge and experience necessary to counter a claim denial and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are injured at work, USAttorneys recommends you get help with your claim early on so that you can avoid a claim denial or other setbacks. A workers’ compensation lawyer can assist you with all stages of your claim which is why we recommend you call and set up a consultation today.