The workers’ compensation process can feel overwhelming and confusing. This is understandable. Most people who have been hurt on the job have never been involved in the legal system before. They don’t know what to expect or what to do.
At The Pearson Law Firm in Oxford, Mississippi, we can help you understand what actions to take. We use years of experience on both sides of the workers’ compensation system to guide you through matters. Our goal is to get you the benefits you need and deserve as quickly as possible.
Here’s what you can expect in the Mississippi workers’ compensation process:
The workers’ compensation process starts when sick or injured workers report the matter to their employers. The employer then submits a report to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission and notifies the business’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
It is critical to immediately notify your supervisor when you are injured on the job. If too much time passes, and the claims process is not initiated, you may lose your right to benefits. Under Mississippi workers’ compensation laws, the injury should be reported to your employer within 30 days of the accident or the time that you become aware an illness is caused by work.
Seeking medical attention is just as critical to your workers’ compensation claim as telling your manager. If you do not seek medical treatment, your claim may be denied. Worse, your injury or illness could become worse and possibly even become life-threatening.
You should let the healthcare professional who treats you know that you have been injured at work. This is because your medical records will be used to support your claim, and the medical records must state that the injury occurred at work—not during a personal activity on your own time.
If your claim is accepted, it will be paid by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Medical payments generally go directly to the doctors or other medical providers who treated you, while payments for lost wages go to you.
Many employers don’t want to file a claim, and many workers’ compensation insurance companies are motivated to pay you as little as possible. If your employer is unfairly delaying filing your claim, get an attorney’s help. If you are denied benefits by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, your lawyer should review the reason for the denial and file an appeal in your county’s circuit court.
Consultations at The Pearson Law Firm are free and confidential. We won’t charge you anything to talk with us, and we won’t tell your employer you called. Contact us today by completing our contact form or calling us. If you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible.