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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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Internet Research vs. Your Attorney’s Opinion

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Top 5 reasons you shouldn’t trust your research on the internet over your Personal Injury Attorney’s opinion   I have had  a few clients over the course of my career say to me, "Well that's not what I found on the internet" or "I heard about a personal injury case just like mine and that person received more than the defendant is offering me on my case".  I have listed below my Top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t trust your research on the internet over your attorney’s opinion:   1-The research you have found may be outdated.  Laws change all the time and new...

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Insurance Questions After a Car Wreck

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Insurance Questions After Dealing With a Car Wreck.   What happens if I have a car wreck and I don’t have car insurance?   In Mississippi, the law requires that every person driving a car be able to provide proof of insurance coverage.  Failure to have insurance can subject you to penalties and fines, but it is much worse if you have a car wreck that is your fault.    You can always be sued whether you have insurance or not, but without insurance you would liable for all of the damages.  This could subject you to garnishment and/or seizure of your assets.  Also, you...

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Telling the Jury About the Sued Party’s Insurance?

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Why don’t lawyers tell the jury whether the person being sued has insurance?   Whether a person or company has insurance is not relevant to whether they are liable or how much the award should be.  We all walk around with bias in some form or fashion.  You may think the refs are always against your favorite team and you probably like your Mom more than other people.  There is nothing wrong with having inherent human bias.  But in a courtroom, the rules are set up to try to take emotion and sympathy away from juries, despite that fact that each member...

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What is a Deposition?

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A deposition is an oral statement of a witness taken under oath. Depositions are taken of parties, witnesses and others who may have knowledge about a specific case. Depositions are taken in all types of cases, from car wrecks to workers compensation matters to family law matters.  Depositions help the parties to learn the facts of a case before it goes to trial. Depositions also help the attorneys on both sides evaluate what type of witness a plaintiff, defendant or witness may be at trial.   Plaintiffs in cases such as those listed above are asked a variety of questions, many of...

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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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