And each workplace carries its own health risks for workers.
A workplace accident can change a worker's life in an instant. Following an accident, a worker may be left with broken bones, burns, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or injuries to back, knees or shoulder. They are left needing medical treatment and unable to return to their job to earn a living. Many workers aren't sure what to do next.
The Right to Workers' Compensation Benefits
In Mississippi, the majority of employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. They can either purchase a policy from a private insurance company, or larger employers may seek certification from the state to become self-insured. This insurance is designed to cover workers who are injured in workplace accidents.
Workers' compensation is a no-fault system. That means you do not have to prove that the employer's negligence led to your accident. It doesn't matter if you caused the accident. If you were hurt in a work accident, you are covered, no matter whose fault it was. And you become eligible for benefits on your very first day of work.
If you were injured in a work accident, workers' compensation pays the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to your injury. In addition, you are eligible to receive partial wages during the time you are left unable to work. If you can't return to your previous job because of your injury, vocational rehabilitation benefits can help you find a new job.
But that doesn't mean getting workers' compensation benefits is easy. Employers and insurance companies are always looking to pay as little as possible. They can and do challenge claims for benefits.
We Help You Overcome Obstacles
Our firm has been helping injured workers get the workers' compensation benefits they need and deserve for years. We know the ways that employers and insurance companies try to avoid responsibility. They question the extent of injuries and the necessity of medical treatment. They pressure injured employees to return to work too soon.
We stand up for the rights of workers. Our attorneys can build a strong case on your behalf and fight for benefits at every hearing in the appeals process. We reject lowball settlement offers from insurance companies because we believe you shouldn't have to settle for less. In fact, we litigate the majority of workers' compensation cases. We don't just want results. We want the results that are right for you.
The Ridgeland offices of Tabor Law Firm, P.A. are less than eight miles from from the Jackson offices of the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission. We are often there, fighting for the rights of our clients. Our attorneys know the judges who hear disputes and know the kind of evidence they expect to see.
If you were injured in a work accident, you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney to fight for you. Contact our office for a free consultation. Call (601) 944-9588.