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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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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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How Can a Busy Lawyer Do a Good Job?

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Our office handles Mississippi Workers' compensation claims like a team sport.   The attorneys at Chhabra and Gibbs are all experienced when it comes to pursuing injured workers in Mississippi. We are busy lawyers for two reasons-- 1. We can't stand to see injured workers treated unfairly, and 2. we are good at what we do.  You want your lawyer doing the "lawyering", because that is what they know--- whether that be in the courtroom advocating for injured workers, participating in depositions, or drafting motions and briefs that bring attention to their client's issues.  This means that your attorney is  not...

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Board of Governors for the MAJ

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Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Associate Attorneys, Caroline Scott Hommell and Amanda G. Fritz, were recently appointed to the Board of Governors for the Mississippi Association for Justice. They look forward to representing our clients and the Mission of Justice for all Mississippians while they serve in these critical roles. Caroline Scott Hommell, Associate Attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. handles Workers' Compensation for our Gulfport, MS office area. She is admitted to practice in all Mississippi State Courts, the Mississippi Supreme Court, District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Amanda G. Fritz,...

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

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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?

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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?

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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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