MISSISSIPPPI WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ATTORNEY – ANDY STEWART
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation law firm, Andy Stewart and Assoc. P.C. is ready to work diligently on your behalf if you’ve been hurt on the job and your employer tries to evade doing the right thing. Andy Stewart stands ready to ensuring that you receive adequate care and compensation. If you believe you’re not receiving the workmens’ compenstation benefits you deserve, Contact ANDY STEWART AND ASSOCIATES P.C. WE HOLD EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE ON YOUR BEHALF!
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS IF YOU’RE INJURED OR BECOME ILL AT WORK
The Mississippi Workers' Compensation Act has a clear purpose: “ To pay timely temporary and permanent disability benefits to every worker who legitimately suffers a work-related injury or occupational disease arising out of and in the course of his employment, to pay reasonable and necessary medical expenses resulting from the work-related injury or occupational disease…” Occupational injuries may result from overexertion when lifting or pulling something, a fall, being struck by an object, machinery accidents and more. Additional types of medical conditions considered as a valid Workemen’s Compensation claim include repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Occupational illnesses may be caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals. An illness can become an occupational illness—and be covered under the workers’ compensation system—when a worker becomes sick and the nature of the worker's job increases the worker’s chances of suffering from that disease. Stress-related conditions caused by work environments are also being considered for Workmen’s Compensation Claims. Conditions caused by work stress may include emotional illness and mental related problems.
MISSISSIPPI WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN DOES COVERAGE BEGIN?
If the individual is working for a company that has 5 or more employees, it falls within Mississippi Workmen’s Compensation guidelines. The employee is eligible for coverage as soon as they begin employment. If an employee receives a work-related injury, then the employee is immediately entitled to benefits under the law, including but not limited to temporary wages and medical treatment.
ARE ALL EMPLOYERS REQURIED TO PROVIDE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Although most Mississippians are protected by the Workers’ Compensation Law, there are exceptions. An employer with less than five employees is not mandated to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Domestic and farm labor, and employees of non-profit fraternal, charitable, religious or cultural organizations are not covered under the Law unless coverage is provided voluntarily by the employer.
WHAT TYPES OF BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE?
Medical and wage loss benefits are two basic benefits that an injured worker may receive.
WHAT TO DO IF AN OCCUPATIONAL INJURY OR ILLNESS OCCURS?
The worker should immediately report the injury or illness to their supervisor or employer. That person is then responsible for filing a report with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Once a claim is approved, the injured or ill employee is entitled to receive immediate medical care, services and related expenses that are covered by the employers’ worker’s compensation insurance company.
WHAT TO DO IF A WORKER DIES AT WORK?
Dependents of a worker—usually a spouse, children, or other family members—who is killed on the job or die as a result of a work injury or illness are almost always eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Even if an employee is found dead in the workplace, no one witnessed the death, and no cause of death is obvious, the death is usually covered by workers’ compensation.