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How to file for workers' compensation
On average, more than 13,000 new workers' compensation claims are filed in Mississippi every year. At any given time, the system is working with over 55,000 open claims, according to commission budget requests. But not every work injury leads to a workers' comp claim.
Most workers in Mississippi are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Still, some exceptions include workers at companies with fewer than five employees, domestic and farm laborers, federal and nonprofit employees, and independent contractors. But unless you fall into one of these categories, you are likely eligible.
If you were injured at work, here's how to file a workers' compensation claim in Mississippi
- See a doctor. See a doctor as soon as possible after a work accident to protect your health and strengthen your claim.
- Notify work. In Mississippi, you have up to 30 days to report an injury to your employer. However, when you sustain a work-related injury or learn about a work-related illness, you should report it to your employer immediately. The sooner you begin the process, the more likely you will receive workers' compensation benefits in a timely manner.
- Consult a lawyer. Although you do not need a lawyer to file a workers' compensation claim, it is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney before filing. About 20 percent of Mississippi workers' comp claims are denied or require litigation. Tabor Law Firm, P.A., doesn't accept rejections and lowball offers. That's why we litigate most of the workers' comp claims we handle.
- Gather evidence. Collect necessary documents and evidence such as medical records, replacement services receipts, photos and videos of the accident, witness testimony, expert testimony, tax returns, and more. If you have a lawyer, they can do this for you.
- File a claim. Most employees file for workers' compensation by submitting an MS Acord 130 Workers' Compensation Application form. The application requires you to submit a lot of documentation and the completed form. Once your application is received, your employer's insurance provider decides whether to accept or reject your claim.
We will fight for the benefits you deserve
Having an experienced attorney who understands how the workers' compensation system works in Jackson and throughout Mississippi can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your application or appeal. Therefore, many rely on the experienced lawyers at Tabor Law Firm, P.A. We serve injured workers from across the state from our office in Ridgeland.
If you or a loved one sustained a severe injury or illness covered by Mississippi's workers' compensation system, contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation today.