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Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury Information

What is a “Disability” under the Workers Compensation Act?

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Miss. Code Ann. § 71-3-3 (i) states that "Disability" means incapacity because of injury to earn the wages which the employee was receiving at the time of injury in the same or other employment, which incapacity and the extent thereof must be supported by medical findings. There are two types of disability: temporary and permanent.  There are also different levels for each: Partial or Total. Temporary disability in plain English means that you are unable to do your job while you are treating.  You may be completely unable to work at all or you may be able to work with an accommodation...

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Discrimination in Employment

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An employer may not discriminate against an individual on the basis of his or her race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, religion, national origin or disability.  In addition, an employer may not discriminate against an individual in retaliation for participating in a protected activity (such as filing a charge of discrimination against your employer, complaining about discrimination  or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit for yourself or another individual). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing the laws related to discrimination in the above areas.  Generally, these laws apply to employers with 15 or more employees. The...

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The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

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For many Mississippians, working on the water provides a steady source of income with which they can care for their families.  Unfortunately, because accidents can and will happen, there will be times when one of our Mississippi maritime workers is injured or killed on the job. If you or a loved one has been injured while working on the water, here's what you should know: -The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is a federal law that provides a means for which our Mississippi workers can be compensated for injuries received while working on the water. -The term "working on the water" includes...

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Social Security Disability and You

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There are two types of disability available through the Social Security Administration,  The first is Social Security Disability.  The second is Supplemental Security Income. To be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) payments, you must be disabled and meet certain work requirements (meaning that you must have a certain number of work credits from previous employment). To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, you must be disabled and meet certain income requirements (you must have a limited income and limited resources available).  You do not have to meet the prior work requirements for SSI.  Children with a disability are also...

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Injury under the MS. Workers’ Comp Act?

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What exactly is an injury under the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act? § 71-3-3. Definitions (b) "Injury" means accidental injury or accidental death arising out of and in the course of employment without regard to fault which results from an untoward event or events, if contributed to or aggravated or accelerated by the employment in a significant manner. Untoward event includes events causing unexpected results. An untoward event or events shall not be presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment, except in the case of an employee found dead in the course of employment. This definition includes injuries...

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The Purpose Of The Mississippi Workers Compensation Act

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What is the Purpose of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act? The first section of the law says this: § 71-3-1. Citation; purpose; construction (1) This chapter shall be known and cited as "Workers' Compensation Law," and shall be administered by the Workers' Compensation Commission, hereinafter referred to as the "commission," cooperating with other state and federal authorities for the prevention of injuries and occupational diseases to workers and, in event of injury or occupational disease, their rehabilitation or restoration to health and vocational opportunity; and this chapter shall be fairly and impartially construed and applied according to the law and the evidence...

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