Report the injury or illness: In order to be eligible for benefits, you must report your injury or illness directly to your employer within 30 days. But you should report it as soon as possible. If you don't notify your employer, your claim for benefits could be denied. Notify your employer of your injury or illness in writing and make a copy for yourself. This provides documentation that you met this requirement. Include the date of injury, or date you discovered the illness, and how it is related to your job (for example, a workplace accident).
See a doctor: The doctor can examine your injury and provide necessary treatment. You should seek medical attention even if you feel OK after an accident. There could be internal injuries that only a medical exam will find. Tell your doctor about the accident that caused your injury (or workplace exposure that you believe caused your illness). The doctor will also create a record of your visit and treatment.
Talk to a workers' compensation attorney: An experienced attorney can review what happened to you and determine what benefits you should be receiving. While a lawyer is not required to file a workers' compensation claim in Mississippi, it is in your own best interests to have one. A lawyer can explain your options and advise you of any obstacles you may face when applying for benefits.
Workers' compensation benefits cover all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for your injury, and also provide partial wages during the time you are unable to return to work. But there are requirements that injured workers must follow. Our workers' compensation attorneys can help you navigate the claims process.
If you were injured in a workplace accident or have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, don't delay. Contact us online or call (601) 944-9588 to speak to one of our attorneys. Your consultation is free. We can explain your options and answer any questions you have about your claim.