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Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. > Posts tagged "Workers Compensation" (Page 2)

The Worker’s Compensation Truth

Truth of workers compensation

People are often worried about getting fired if they hire a lawyer (or even if they don’t) after having a work injury – so what’s the truth and what’s myth? First, Mississippi is an at-will employment state.  What that means is that an employer can terminate an employee for almost any reason, unless it deals with age, sex, race, etc.  Unfortunately a person can legally be fired just for the fact that they got injured at work. But when our firm’s employees get hurt on the job, we want them to get good treatment. That’s what good employers should do.  That’s why...

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Workers’ Comp Eligible Under A Contractor?

Hurt on the job contractor

A common question we get from our Workers' Compensation clients is, "Am I eligible for Workers' Compensation if I was injured while working for a contractor or sub-contractor?" The answer is Yes. In Mississippi, if you get hurt on a job site working for a contractor or sub-contractor, in most cases, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.  If the sub-contractor you work for does not have insurance, then the contractor’s insurance is required to kick in.  So don’t be fooled if you are told that workers’ comp does not apply or that there is no insurance available. The law states: § 71-3-7 (6) In...

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How Can a Busy Lawyer Do a Good Job?

lawyer busy

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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You Are Your Best Advocate

advocate

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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I Want My Case Settled Today

case settle

Settle my case today I am often asked how long it will take to settle a workers compensation or personal injury case. Recently I had a phone call with a prospective client here in Mississippi who was not very nice to our staff members who were trying to help him.  Our staff members were trying to get information to set up the file so one of our Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Injury lawyers could review it, but the prospective client insisted that he talk to the Injury lawyer right now and that he was not interested in dragging this out and...

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Should I just settle With the Insurance Company?

insurance company

Settle with the insurance company? Many Workers Compensation and Personal Injury cases in Mississippi are settled everyday with no lawyer involvement between an injured person and an insurance adjuster. It makes me cringe to know how easy it is to get good advice from a very skilled and experienced Injury lawyer before signing on that dotted line, yet still people just want to get it over with. I get it. You may be thinking: An Injury lawyer will take most of the money An Injury lawyer probably can't get more for you after fees You don't want to have to go to...

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More than a Fighter

Fighter

When people search for a Workers Compensation or Personal Injury lawyer, especially in Mississippi, they are laser focused on getting someone who is a fighter for them.  It is a statistical fact that many people do not trust Injury lawyers.  They think Injury lawyers will take money under the table in a heartbeat to line their own pockets.  The public even think Injury lawyers will tell self-serving lies.  But if a person thinks they've got a fighter type of an Injury lawyer they will hold their nose and tolerate smell of mistrust.   It doesn't have to be this way.  Just like...

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

Appointment

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?

Adjuster

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?

Doctor

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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