What are my legal options if my workers' comp claim is denied?
Many employers carry workers' compensation insurance, which is meant to pay for medical costs and wage loss for injured workers. Filing a workers' compensation claim is not easy. If there are any errors in the paperwork or if the insurance company isn't convinced that you have a viable claim, your claim can be denied. That's...Read More
What are the risks of working in extremely hot conditions?
Summer is in full swing. If you're a resident of Mississippi, you know how hot it gets here during this time of year. Some employees have the luxury of working in cooler, air conditioned environments, but not all do. Outdoor workers, such as those who work in construction, agriculture, and landscaping, often endure long hours...Read More
The Dangers of Working in Confined Spaces
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 92 workers die every year in confined space-related accidents on the job. Some of the people most at risk include those working in water towers, grain silos, vaults, storage bins and accessing electrical units. Also in danger are people who work in trenches and temporary structures. A...Read More
Workplace injuries often caused by falling off a ladder or great height
Attorney explains what you need to do to prevent work-related fall injuries Falling off a ladder or falling from a height remain one of the most common causes of workplace accidents, according to statistics compiled by the federal government. Fortunately, there are steps workers can take to prevent these serious workplace accidents, especially when it...Read More
Our attorneys are serving clients remotely during COVID-19
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves recently issued a statewide stay-at-home order (Executive Order No. 1466) amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, many businesses have closed their doors and many residents have been urged to stay home in order to prevent the spread of this disease. Mississippi residents must still go out at times to...Read More
Is it dangerous to use earbuds at work?
Listening to music can help get you through the day. A good tune can make you dance. A song can fill you with emotion, boost your energy or change the way you think about the world. When you listen to music on earbuds or headphones while performing your job, however, you can put yourself at...Read More
Combustible dust: An often overlooked safety hazard
We rarely see dust as a serious workplace hazard. Sometimes, we see it floating through the air, building up on window sills and countertops. Dust is seen as more of a nuisance than a hazard, but it can be dangerous, under the right conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines combustible dust as "a...Read More
5 occupations most affected by mesothelioma
Cancer caused by exposure to asbestos – known as mesothelioma – continues to haunt workers in Mississippi and across the country. The symptoms may not show themselves for decades. Workers in the greatest danger You may think of asbestos as an outdated threat to workers because many companies stopped using the mineral in the 1980s,...Read More
Unintentional worker death rate on the rise
You might think advances in safety technology and increased awareness of the need to prevent work-related accidents would lead to a decline in worker fatalities. You would be wrong, however. In a troubling report, the National Safety Council announced unintentional, preventable worker fatalities numbered 4,414 in 2017, a slight upturn over the 4,398 deaths in...Read More
What not to do while out of work due to an injury
You were injured on the job. You reported your injury, sought medical attention, and consulted with a workers' compensation attorney who helped you obtain benefits while you were unable to work. Now what? If you are currently out of work due to an injury or are in the process of pursuing a workers' compensation claim,...Read More