Many times when workers are injured on the job, they either take no action or just accept what workers' compensation benefits they are offered. After all, why do you need a workers' compensation attorney?
When you are involved in an accident due to your employment, you shouldn't have to pay a dime. Attorney John Stevens has represented many Mississippi workers through the complicated workers' compensation process, ensuring they receive a full and healthy recovery.
Some of the most common workers' compensation FAQs we have heard include:
Am I eligible for workers' compensation? If you are an employee and you are injured as a result of your employment, you are eligible for compensation. Insurers often will question whether or not you are considered an employee, or whether your injury is a result of your job. In any case, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to receive.
What should I do if I get injured on the job? First, immediately notify your manager, supervisor or employer after you have been injured. Even if your injury turns out to be very minor, you need to notify your employer (generally within 30 days) so they can file a report with their insurance company or the Workers' Compensation Commission. After you notify your employer, you must bring about your case within two years of the date of your injury â€” so be sure to act quickly if you are not receiving benefits.
What injuries are covered under workers' compensation? Any injury received during employment is eligible for workers' compensation. Even injuries that are the result of cumulative trauma are eligible such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. If a third party is to blame for your injury, you may have a work-related personal injury claim against them as well.
What benefits are available to me? You are generally able to secure payment for any medical expenses, lost wages, disabilities and more from your employer's insurer â€” generally up to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. The insurance company will try to minimize this payout, so it is important to consult a workers' compensation lawyer to thoroughly investigate your case and fight for full benefits.
What medical care am I entitled to? When you are injured on the job, you are entitled to whatever medical services are required to treat your injury. This includes all medical bills, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and therapy you need for a full recovery. You can even get reimbursed for any mileage expenses that result from going to the doctor. For a more specific breakdown on the extent of medical care you are entitled to, visit our office to discuss your unique case.
Does it matter who is at fault for my injury? It often does not matter who is at fault for your injury, as long as it occurred due to your employment. In fact, should a third party be involved in your accident, you could have a claim to workers' compensation benefits from your employer as well as a personal injury claim against that third party. There are some exceptions, however, such as in instances where your injury was a result of your own gross negligence (such as intoxication).
Every workers' compensation case is different; schedule a free consultation at our office in Jackson to discuss any further questions on your workplace accident. There is no risk to get started, you only pay if we successfully secure you benefits. Call today to get started, or reach out to us online for more information.