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Driving during the Holidays

Driving during the holidays

It’s no secret that accidents increase during the Holidays. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 450 people may die on U.S. roads this Memorial Day holiday period. This could be due to the sheer number of vacationers packing the roads or the Holiday business creates more distractions causing more accidents. It may be a combination of the two, but people should be careful as they are driving during the holiday period. Whether traveling to put your toes in the sand or heading across town to see a movie, the weekend of holidays can cause an increase in traffic accidents. As...

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What to do After a Car Wreck

What to do after a car wreck

Nothing ruins your day (or month, or year) quite like a car wreck. As unfortunate as they are, there are things you can do to protect yourself if you are injured in a car wreck.   Stop and stay as calm as possible Do not drive away from the scene of a wreck, even if you think the accident is minor. Emotions can run high after a wreck; avoid discussions about fault and responsibility with the other driver. Your safety is your Number 1 priority. Make sure you are in a safe location Survey the scene to ensure you are not...

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How to file a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation claim for your workplace injury?

How to file workers comp claim

To file a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation claim, you would need to file a Petition to Controvert (Form B-5,11) with the Commission. The Petition to Controvert can be found in the Forms section of the  Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission website. You can also find the name and address of your  employer’s insurance carrier under the Coverage Verification Inquiry link. You have two years from the date of your injury to file the Petition but, this can be reduced to 1 year if your employer properly files a B-31 form. It is best to file the Petition sooner than later to ensure that...

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Can independent contractors get paid for work injuries in Mississippi?

Work injuries in Mississippi

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation laws generally mandate that an employee who has been hurt at work is entitled to financial compensation for their injury. While this law seems simple enough, many claims – and thereby lives – hinge on a pivotal question: am I an employee? While most people think they know their employment status; many claims are denied on this basis. For the first time in your career, your employer is now calling you an “independent contractor.” Convenient timing. Unfortunately, independent contractors are not generally entitled to the same protections under the statute. But don’t get upset too fast. Independent...

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Automatic Employment Authorization Extensions

Employment Authorization

Eligibility requirements for the 540-day automatic extension are as follows: Individuals must have been issued an EAD card in one of the categories listed by USCIS. (DACA- and F-1 OPT-based EAD cards are not included) Individuals must have filed an application to renew their employment authorization prior to its expiration and based on the same category as the expiring card. The renewal application must remain pending for the extension to be valid.   Employment authorization requires U.S. employers to verify employment eligibility. If you or a loved one has any questions regarding Employment Authorization, please contact attorney Angela K. Trehan of Chhabra &...

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Should I tell my doctor I got hurt at work?

Hurt at Work

When a person seeks medical care for an injury at work, it is essential to remember that doctors are attempting to treat your injury. A doctor cannot help you if you do not speak to them about symptoms you are feeling and how they affect your life. Many Mississippians may be concerned that the accident was their fault or scared to bring up that they got hurt at work, but this only hinders their case later because having well-documented medical records to support a workers’ compensation claim can drastically impact the value of the case. By timely seeking medical attention after...

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Check Your Receipts! You May Have A Case!

FACTA Claim

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act In 2003, Congress passed the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”) to help protect consumers against identity theft. FACTA requires merchants to print no more than the last five digits of your card number on the receipt given to you at the time of the sale. If you look at a receipt given to you, your card number should look something like this: ACCT: ***********12345 In this example, you can see that all but the last five digits have been removed or redacted. If you’re given a receipt that shows more than the last five digits,...

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Do you Qualify for Social Security Disability and How to Apply for it?

Social Security Disability

If you believe you are disabled, and not capable of working for a period of at least 12 months, then you are eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. To apply for disability benefits, you can either apply online at ssa.gov or you can call in the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. You may also apply in person at your local Social Security office. What Information Do I Need in Order to Apply for Social Security Disability? To apply for Social Security Disability benefits you will need to be prepared to answer questions regarding the following topics: • Basic information about you (name,...

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Should I go to the Emergency Room After a Car Wreck?

Emergency Room After a Car Wreck

Imagine the scene: You are cruising along on a beautiful, blue Saturday morning, enjoying the drive. BOOM! You get thrown around your car and when you finally realize what happened, you feel it: PAIN. As you exit the car, you evaluate the property damage and then you REALLY feel it. PAIN! You contemplate what to do: try and tough it out or go pile up that hefty emergency room bill. Unfortunately, many people who wind up in a car wreck will not make the proper decision. One of the most important things you can do if you have been in a...

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8 Things to Avoid When Hurt on the Job

Hurt on the job

Every year, thousands of people in Mississippi are injured on the job. Your employer is going to have your back and take care of you, right? The answer to that question is –not likely. For employers and insurance companies, the name of the game is risk reduction/avoidance. Money is their first priority. Your employer might try to have you sign forms releasing your rights or send you to a company doctor. You don’t have to waive your rights or see the doctor they want you to. Your best move when you get hurt on the job is to consult a...

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