Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Mississippi

Dealing With the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission

Greater Jackson Attorneys Who Fight For Those Injured On the Job

The Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission handles disputes over claims. These disputes occur when employers and insurance companies challenge an injured worker's claim for benefits. There is an appeals process for workers to fight for their benefits, but the process can be confusing and intimidating. The workers' compensation attorneys at Tabor Law Firm, P.A. are very familiar with the commission and appeals and regularly help injured workers fight for their workers' compensation benefits.

There are three members of the commission, each appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate. Each member serves a six-year term, with a new appointment coming up every two years. One member must be a licensed Mississippi attorney, another represents businesses, and the third is selected to represent the interests of employees.

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What You Need To Know

In order for an appeal of denied benefits to be successful:

  • Deadlines must be met
  • The correct paperwork must be filed, with all necessary information
  • You must prove your injuries are job-related
  • You must provide evidence of the extent of your injuries
  • You must prove you were an employee of the company
  • You must follow all rules regarding notification of your injury

The first step after your claim is denied is to file a petition with the commission. This petition must generally be filed within two years of the date of injury, though in some cases a shorter deadline may apply. A workers' compensation judge will be assigned to your case, and the insurance company will be notified and asked for a written response. If a settlement is not reached, a hearing will be held in front of the judge.

Both sides will be able to present evidence and make arguments at the hearing. If the judge rules against your appeal, you can petition for a review of your case by the full commission. This petition must be filed within 20 days of the judge's ruling. The commission usually does not hold another hearing, but may if requested to do so. Both sides submit their arguments in writing, and the commission mails a written decision. If the commission upholds the judge's decision, the next step in the appeals process is the court system.

A Workers' Compensation Law Firm On Your Side

Our firm is only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs. That's why we litigate most of the workers' compensation cases we handle. Our goal is always to get you the full amount of benefits you should be receiving.

If you were injured in a work-related accident, or denied workers' compensation benefits, talk to one of our attorneys. Contact us online or call (601) 944-9588 to schedule your free consultation.

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