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Ray L. Gustavis

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Injured At Work and My Fault – Do I Have A Claim?

Fault Injured

I got hurt at work but it was my fault – do I have a claim?   Short answer – Probably, but you should consult with an attorney.   As a general rule, Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation laws are a “no fault” system, which means that regardless of whose fault an injury is, if you are hurt while in the course and scope of your employment you are entitled to benefits. There are several specific instances that will look at whose “fault” the injury was; for example, horseplay or fighting with a non-coworker about something non-work related, but those instances are few and far between....

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Being A Victim Of A Crime and Civil Claims

Crime Victim

My loved one was a victim of a crime in Mississippi, Do I possibly have a civil claim?   When a loved one is hurt or killed resulting from a crime, suing someone is usually the last thing on your mind. But with the costs of hospital bills, funeral expenses, and the loss of income, support and companionship of someone close to you finding out whether or not you have a legal remedy outside of the criminal justice system can make a world of difference. In the state of Mississippi, if a business owner could reasonably expect for a crime to occur...

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Workers’ Compensation After Car Wreck

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I was Injured in a car wreck on my way home from work, can I receive Workers' Compensation? The short answer: it depends.   Even when another person is responsible for your injuries during a car wreck in Mississippi, if you were “in the course and scope” of your injuries you are entitled to workers’ compensation. As a general rule Employees are not covered by workers’ compensation when going to or coming from work but there are several exceptions to that general rule. For instance, if travel is a part of your job then it is possible you could be covered by workers’...

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Workers’ Compensation & Choosing A Doctor: What Are Your Rights?

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One of the most important rights you have as an injured worker in Mississippi is the choice of which doctor will treat you for your on the job injury. Often insurance companies will direct you to physicians who are notorious for being more interested in making money from dealing with Employers and insurance companies instead of physicians focused on making you better.  Many insurance companies will tell injured workers they are required to go to a certain doctor or that you have to “treat within their network.” This is simply not true. Mississippi Workers’ Compensation law allows for you to...

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When To Talk To A Lawyer If Hurt Offshore

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I got hurt working offshore, when should I talk to a lawyer?   The short answer to getting hurt when working offshore - as soon as possible.   With its high pay and often little to no training required, this kind of work is one of the most enticing jobs here in Mississippi and Louisiana. With reward however comes risk - working on the water is often literally back-breaking work. In addition to the heavy labor, many offshore workers face dangerous conditions on the ships due to poor maintenance, lack of training, inadequate safety measures and dilapidated conditions of the ship overall.   Because offshore work...

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Ray Gustavis – Recent Panelist

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On Saturday, October 28th, Ray Gustavis, Associate Attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. attended as a speaker and panelist at the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights – Injured Workers Summit in Greenville, MS. This is an annual summit for injured workers, friends, and families fighting for workers’ rights to safe jobs. Ray's presentation was an overview of Mississippi Workers' Compensation Law with questions and answers. Ray joined our firm in 2015, and has represented many Workers’ Compensation clients for Mississippi. Ray is admitted to practice before all Mississippi State and Federal Courts, including the Mississippi Supreme Court. Most recently, she...

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You Are Your Best Advocate

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You are your best advocate when it comes to your injury case. Don’t get me wrong, finding an Injury attorney you trust that has experience with our workers’ compensation system is the first step to making one of the most difficult periods in your lives a lot easier. If you are like the vast majority of Mississippians you won’t know a thing about workers’ compensation until you or someone you love gets hurt. Being injured at work is a scary and (more often than it should be) difficult process. Having someone on your side that knows the law and how it...

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Congratulations Ray L. Gustavis

Ray L. Gustavis Louisisana

Congratulations to Ray L. Gustavis , Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Associate Attorney, for recently being admitted to the Louisiana State Bar. Ray joined the firm in 2016 after graduating magna cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law. Ray practices primarily in the areas of workers compensation and personal injury. She looks forward to serving citizens of both Mississippi and Louisiana. Some of Rays other accomplishments during law school included Mississippi College School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2016; American Jurisprudence Award in Business Associations and Mediation; Hearin Fellow Scholarship recipient; Tom S. Lee Scholarship recipient; National Order of Barristers; External Appellate...

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New Inductees into The Order of Barristers!

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Order Of Barristers

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. would like to congratulate Rogen Chhabra & Ray Gustavis on being inducted into the Mississippi College School of Law Chapter of The Order of Barristers!   The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs. The Order seeks to improve these programs through interscholastic sharing of ideas, information, and resources. The Order also provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools. Schools having chapters in the Order include those nationally recognized...

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