How does workers’ comp work in Mississippi?
If you are ever injured on the job, you may have wondered how does workers’ comp work in Mississippi and what are my rights as an employee. Workers’ compensation in Mississippi provides benefits to employees who suffer a work-related injury or illness. Employers in Mississippi are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. The Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission is responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws in the state.
If an employee is injured on the job, they must report the injury to their employer as soon as possible. The employer must then file a report of the injury with their workers’ compensation insurance carrier and with the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Once the injury has been reported, the employee may be entitled to the following benefits:
- Medical Benefits: The employer’s insurance carrier is responsible for paying for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to the work injury.
- Temporary Disability Benefits: If the employee is unable to work due to the injury, they may be entitled to temporary disability benefits, which are typically two-thirds of their average weekly wage.
- Permanent Disability Benefits: If the employee suffers a permanent disability as a result of the work injury, they may be entitled to permanent disability benefits, which are based on the degree of disability and the employee’s average weekly wage.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If the employee is unable to return to their previous job due to the injury, they may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation services to help them obtain new employment.
It’s important to note that there are strict time limits for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Mississippi, so employees should report their injury to their employer as soon as possible to avoid any potential issues. After reporting the injury, seek medical treatment ASAP and then contact an experienced workers’ comp attorney.
At Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. our dedicated team of lawyers have over 130 years of combined experience handling all types of workers’ compensation cases. Contact us for a FREE consultation at 601-948-8005. We are standing by 24/7 to help get you maximum compensation for your workplace injury.