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What Should I Bring to My Attorney for My New Client Appointment

Appointment

What should I bring to my attorney for my new client appointment in a workers compensation case? That is a common question we get from new clients many times. Here are the best things we recommend for you to bring to your attorney when coming in for a new client appointment involving a workers compensation case. Bring your attorney any documents you have relating to your case.  Some people come with nothing, some come with a huge pile of disorganized papers, and some come with a neatly organized and indexed set of documents.  Any of these are fine, and the attorney will...

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Should I Just Settle With The Adjuster In My Workers Comp Case?

Adjuster

Many times, people come to us after having already completed treatment and therefore are at the final stages of their claim.  In some instances, the adjuster has already offered them a settlement, and they want to know whether their case is actually worth more money if they get an attorney involved.  While every case is different, there are a few things that we look for as attorneys that can potentially increase the value of a claim.   Impairment ratings can give a general idea of value of a claim, but in many situations these ratings can be increased where the injured worker is...

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Does my insurance company have a right to make me see their doctor?

Doctor

One question I get asked from clients is "Does my insurance company have a right to make me see their doctor?" Yes, but only once for a one time evaluation.  You have a right to treat with any doctor you chose as long as you exercise it before you have surgery and within 6 months of your injury.  It is critical to get an attorney early in a case to help navigate through the medical treatment process before it is too late and you get stuck with a doctor who favors employers and insurance companies. An Employer Medical Evaluation ( EME) is...

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How much is my workers compensation case worth?

Worth

This is one of the top questions we are asked every day.  There is no easy answer, because each case is different, and there are lots of different factors that play into the way the attorney values the case. The first thing that affects how much your case is worth is what body part you have injured.  Scheduled member cases such as arms, legs, fingers, toes, etc. are evaluated with a mathematical formula that factors in the amount of weeks assigned to each body part under Mississippi law, the person’s average weekly wage, and the impairment rating as assigned by their...

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How long will it take you to settle my workers compensation case?

Settle

Clients will ask me from time to time how long it will take to settle their workers compensation case.  There is no guarantee that a case will settle. Settlements involve two willing parties. If the insurance company is not willing to settle, only the workers compensation commission can decide if they owe you any money. So the question becomes, how can your attorney negotiate with the carrier to put money on the table as quickly as possible? There is more than one way to get your case settled, and not every attorney does it the same way. Our philosophy as...

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How Social Media Can Cause Harm To Your Legal Case

Social Media

For over a decade now, social media has become the norm on how we interact with each other on a daily basis. We post our favorite moments from our life on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Snapchat for all our friends and family to see as well as the public. While this is all a good thing focusing on networking with friends and family, it can also be a very bad thing when it comes to your Injury. Sharing too much about yourself can have a major negative impact on your current situation. When it comes to your injury, especially...

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3-D Printing & Lending Workers’ Compensation Recipients A Helping Hand

3-d-hand

3-D PRINTING MAY BE ABLE TO LEND A HELPING HAND FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RECIPIENTS   With advances in technology, 3-D printing may be a new option for recipients of workers’ compensation benefits. 3-D printing involves making three dimensional objects from a digital file. By making a virtual design, one is able to take an image and bring it to 3-D life. 3-D printing has become a well-accepted method of manufacturing. The technology has revolutionized the medical and health care industries as it has the ability to create prosthetics, dental implants, casts and even hearing aids. Imagine the following: John works at a printing company. His job consists of...

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Termination from your employer when dealing with overtime

Termination

Can my employer fire me for filing a complaint or participating in a lawsuit against them for unpaid overtime? No. It is against the Fair Labor Standards Act for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint or participating in a lawsuit for unpaid overtime wages. In order to assert a prima facie claim of retaliation under the FLSA, a plaintiff must prove: (1) that he or she engaged in an activity protected by the FLSA; (2) that he or she suffered adverse action by the employer subsequent to or contemporaneous with such protected activity; and (3) a causal connection...

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Workers’ Compensation claim and choosing your own doctor.

Choosing Your Own Doctor

Can I choose my own doctor for my Workers' Compensation claim? Yes you can choose your own doctor for your Workers' Compensation claim!  But hurry.  When you are injured on the job, you have the right to choose a doctor to treat you for your work injury.  In Mississippi, you can accept the medial services and doctor being provided by your employer, or you can choose your own doctor.  This means that you have the right to reject the doctor that the employer offers and pick your own. If the employer does not send you to a doctor, you can still have a...

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Fired While Being Treated for My Workers Comp

Fired

Yes. In the state of Mississippi, your employer can fire you while you are being treated for your workers’ compensation case.  Mississippi is an “at-will employment” state, which means that you can be fired for any reason.  In other words, you can be fired for misconduct or because the employer doesn’t like the color of your shoes.  You can even be fired for the mere fact that you made a workers compensation claim.  It is not fair.  But it is the law.  Our firm and many others have done their best, year after year, to get the legislature to change...

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