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Do I Need a Lawyer?

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Do you need a lawyer for your workers’ compensation or personal injury case in Mississippi or Louisiana? Maybe. It depends. Not the concrete answer you were hoping for? We understand the search for a “yes” or a “no.” But the truth is, it depends on the facts.  We meet with people as part of a free, confidential consultation. No hidden fee. No strings attached.  If we believe you need an attorney, we will tell you.  If we don’t believe you would benefit from an attorney on your case, we’ll also tell you.  Either way, we’ll let you know your rights in...

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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 A Workers’ Comp Claim Turns Bumpy…

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Imagine this: the Employer and Carrier have admitted responsibility for your workers' compensation claim, and things are going smoothly.  The Employer and Carrier are paying for your medical treatment, you are receiving your TTD checks in a timely manner, you don’t have any issues with mileage or prescription reimbursement, and all is well.  All of the sudden something changes…. A doctor changes their opinion on whether your treatment is work related, you’re missing a check, or the adjuster won’t approve that surgery you need.   If you don’t already have a lawyer in place, and you wait to find one until something...

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I Need Treatment Immediately For My Injury

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When it comes to your injury you sustained while at work, only you can know your own body, and we are lawyers, not emergency medicine doctors.  However, we often get calls from workers’ compensation clients that are in extreme pain, and want to know how to get treatment immediately.  Every workers’ compensation case is different, but on claims where the Employer and Carrier have admitted and are paying for medical treatment, your best bet is to contact your treating doctor’s office right away to fill them in on the situation.  Often, Mississippi doctors are used to these emergency situations and...

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I Want to Choose My Own Doctor

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I want to choose my own doctor……   One of the most frequent complaints that we hear in the beginning stages of a workers’ compensation claim is from clients who want to choose their own treating physician.  Sometimes, adjusters or case managers have already approached the client trying to get them to sign a “ Choice of Physician” form.  This can be confusing for people who have not yet consulted an attorney and don’t understand their rights under Mississippi law.   In Mississippi, injured workers have the right to choose their own physicians within the first six months of their injury, or up until...

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Why Do I Have to Bring My Medical Records?

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Why do I have to bring my medical records?   Medical records are an important aspect of every workers’ compensation case in Mississippi. Because we represent you, we have to understand what is going on with your medical treatment.  Your understanding of your treatment plan and what the doctor notates in his/her records can sometimes differ, so it is crucial that everyone is on the same page about the progression of your medical treatment.  At your new client intake, we will discuss several different methods of obtaining your medical records and the pros and cons of each one.  However, the quickest (and...

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Sooner Rather than Later

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After you are injured on the job in Mississippi, no matter how minor or severe the injury, you should always seek medical treatment and then contact an attorney that deals with Workers’ Compensation.  If the injury at work is not documented by medical treatment, the insurance carrier will try to argue that you were not really injured. You have the right to choose the doctor that provides you with medical treatment.  The Employer and Carrier is not allowed to pick for you. Whether you are happy with your treatment or not, you should still contact a Workers’ Compensation attorney about...

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Pain & Suffering in My Workers’ Comp Case?

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Can I get Pain and Suffering in my Workers Compensation Case?   No, you cannot get paid for pain and suffering during or after your workers compensation case.  Even though a work injury effects an individual and their loved ones in many ways—physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially to name a few—pain  suffering benefits are not written into the Mississippi Workers’ Comp law.  An on-the-job injury disturbs a person’s ability to earn a living, pay bills, buy groceries, socialize, and a multitude of other things yet you cannot get paid for everything you go through or the pain you endure when you suffer...

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Workers’ Comp & Getting Hurt To or From Work

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Can I get Workers’ comp if I was on my way to or from work and got hurt?   It depends. The general rule is that coming and going to work is not a compensable Workers’ Comp injury.  However, the Mississippi Supreme Court has established exceptions to that rule.  For example, if you drive a company car, are reimbursed for transportation, or if you do some of your work at home, you may have a compensable injury.  Another exception is that if you are injured by an inherent hazard or danger in the conditions along your route, or if you are injured...

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