Ocean Springs Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
HELPING INJURED EMPLOYEES OBTAIN FAIR COMPENSATION
Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time, including while individuals or at work or while they are performing work-related duties. When this is the case, it is important for employees to know that they have certain protections under state law. Workers who are injured on the job can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, or financial payment that helps these individuals pay for medical costs and helps them make ends meet while they are out of work. In order to qualify, however, an injured employee must be able to prove that his or her injury or illness was actually caused while he or she was performing work-related duties. This can sometimes be challenging if an employer tries to contest this fact.
When this is the case, it is crucial that the injured worker retain a lawyer who is knowledgeable in workers’ compensation and personal injury law. A lawyer can likely help prove the facts behind the injury and that the victim is actually eligible for compensation. At Denham Law Firm, PLLC, we provide some important information you need to know when dealing with these types of cases. Our Ocean Springs personal injury lawyers also provide cutting-edge legal representation.
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Injuries can happen in all types of occupations, whether the setting is an office or a construction site. In some cases, the injury occurs at the work site. In others, it occurs while the employee is out in the field. A few examples of work-related injuries include a slip and fall at the work site, a medical condition obtained from exposure to certain chemicals at work, and a car accident that occurred in a company vehicle while the employee was making deliveries.
In the state of Mississippi, there were 11,246 workers’ compensation claims filed in 2012 that caused workers to miss five days of work or more, according to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission’s “Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” for 2012. According to the data, the leading nature of injury was strain, which made up 4,061 claims (or 36.1% of all claims). The lower back (or lumbar area) was the part of the body that was most affected, and lifting was the leading cause of injury. There were a total of 67 reported work-related deaths in 2012.
Some injuries can be more minor and require limited medical attention and time away from work, while others can end up being much more serious, or catastrophic. Sometimes, employees are permanently disabled and are forced to find completely new lines of work as a result of their injuries or illnesses. Some workplace injuries are caused by pure accident or simply by the nature of the job, while others can be caused by employer negligence. In cases of negligence, it might be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IN MISSISSIPPI
There are different types of workers’ compensation injured workers can be eligible for, which are outlined by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. When an employee is out of work due to an employment-related injury, he or she can receive two-thirds of his or her average pay on a bi-weekly basis for up to 450 weeks. This is considered temporary total disability. Workers compensation benefits can also be given under temporary partial disability, in which the employee can do some limited work but needs compensation due to less income earned for a period of time. For those who receive permanent impairments that make them unable to work, there is permanent partial disability and permanent total disability. Workers’ compensation is paid by the employer, the employer’s insurance carrier or a third-party administrator.
HOW EMPLOYERS CHALLENGE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS
There are many ways employers might try to contest workers’ compensation claims. They can do this making any of the following statements, as well as other possible statements:
- The employee is not actually injured, or not to the extent he or she claims.
- The employee was injured or became ill by another cause that was not work-related.
- The injury was caused by reckless behavior by the employee, such as working while drunk.
- The employee intentionally tried to cause injury to himself/herself or to another person.
A good workers’ compensation lawyer will know how to use medical documentation, the testimony of medical professionals, statements from witnesses and other evidence in order to help prove the cause and extent of a worker’s injuries. This can be a very overwhelming task without the help of a knowledgeable legal professional.
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Don’t let an employer or an employer’s insurance company take advantage of you. Go after the financial support you deserve and need for recovery by contacting a lawyer from our firm. We can guide you each step of the way and fight aggressively on your behalf. Call us today!