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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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Posting on Social media can kill your legal case

Posting

I wince when I see people post pictures on social media of their wrecked car or comments about what just happened immediately after an accident.  Taking pictures or notes immediately is great and should be done if you are physically able.  But posting them for the world to see is unnecessary and could hurt your case. How can it hurt?  An attorney on the opposing side is much more likely to find something to cross examine you about and twist your words during a deposition or at trial.  The comments made by friends on your social media could be taken out...

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How long does it take to get a Social Security Disability hearing?

Hearing

Many times I get asked, "how long does it take to get a hearing on my Social Security Disability case?" Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability process can be a long one.  There are generally 3 steps in the process to get Social Security Disability: 1-Application (you can do this in person at your local Social Security office, online at ssa.gov or by phone with your local social security office) 2-Request for Reconsideration-this is the first appeal if you receive a denial letter on your initial application 3-Request for Hearing-this is the second appeal, if you receive a denial letter on the request for reconsideration. ...

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Why You Should Trust Your Hired Lawyer And Not Google

Trust

It is extremely important that you trust your lawyer and trust their advice.  I have been practicing law for more than 15 years now and have noticed an increase in clients doing their own research about different legal matters on the internet.  Most times, this is not an issue and the client will listen as I explain how their research may be different than what the law in our state or jurisdiction may be, as the laws in this country can be different in every state.  With the amount of legal information available by internet these days, clients sometimes believe...

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Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Law Clerk Assists MC Law Team to Victory

Law Clerk

Law Clerk & MC Law Team Have a Great Victory in Pre-Trial Competition Recently, Jessica Pulliam, Law Clerk for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. helped her MC Law team take home the title for the 9th Annual Stetson National Pretrial Competition. The competition was held October 13th – 16th in Gulfport, Florida. Top teams around the country were invited to compete, and this was their first year to win! MC Law competed in 2 preliminary rounds and then advanced to the semi-finals and, ultimately, the finals. They defeated Regent University School of Law in the final round. The competition was made up...

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Amanda Hill, Associate Attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. leads team to National Championship

National

Amanda Hill, Associate Attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. leads team to National Championship Chhabra & Gibbs cares deeply for its clients.  We have a special passion for injured workers. We also have a passion for students.  Our attorneys, paralegals, and staff love to give back to the community and one way we can do that is through teaching and coaching the next generation of attorneys.  In November 2015, Chhabra & Gibbs attorney, Amanda Hill, and Kasey Mitchell, Butler Snow attorney, coached 2 MC Law Moot Court teams to victory at the Regional Arbitration Competition.  The students learned how to argue...

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Best of Jackson: Best Local Law Firm & Best Family Attorney Finalists

Recently, Jackson Free Press held a “Best of Jackson” for Best Lawyers and Law Firms. We are happy to announce that Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. were finalists for Best Local Law Firm, claiming a spot in the top 5 law firms for Jackson, MS.  Also we are very happy to announce, our own Teresa E. Harvey of CG Law Group, P.A. was a finalist for Best Family Attorney, claiming a spot in the top 4 Family Attorneys for Jackson, MS. Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. is founded upon the belief that everyone is entitled to quality representation and access to their attorney. We...

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Properly Handling Divorce When You Have Children

Divorce

In my experience practicing divorce law, I have seen clients handle issues with their children the right way and the wrong way.  So, from my perspective in handling these cases, here is the best way to handle divorce when you have children: Do not let the kids see you fight Do not talk negatively about your ex-spouse in front of your children. Your ex is still your child’s father/mother Be cooperative with visitation, especially during the holidays. I have found the best way to deal with holidays is to alternate each holiday and alternate by year.  For example, one parent...

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