If you are fighting to get approved for workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace injury in Bay St. Louis, you may benefit from help from our team. A Bay St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you with your case. We provide case reviews that allow us to better understand your case and help you learn about your rights.
At the Morris Bart law firm, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, is served by our Gulfport office. We have team members available now to evaluate your options for getting your workers’ compensation benefits. Call (228) 357-9621 to get started.
Let Our Team Review Your Bay St. Louis Workplace Injury Case
A Bay St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you seek and secure compensation for your on-the-job injury or illness, even if the workers’ compensation insurer denied your claim. We work to identify what went wrong with our clients’ claims and challenge the issues we find. We sometimes need to prove that injuries occurred at work or that an illness is related to workplace exposure.
We investigate our clients’ accidents, including determining what happened, how, and why. While we do not need to prove negligence, we do need to link their injuries or diagnosis with something that happened at work. This may require that we work with industry experts or medical professionals.
We will also seek video of the accident, any incident reports filed, eyewitness statements, and any other evidence that supports our client’s claim. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you have a right to contact an attorney about your case. In Bay St. Louis, you can speak with a member of the team from the Morris Bart law firm today.
For a free legal consultation with a Workers’ Compensation lawyer serving Bay St. Louis, call (228) 357-9621
Understanding the Benefits Available Through Workers’ Compensation
Under the rules set by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, workers’ compensation insurance provides sick or injured workers certain benefits if they qualify. These benefits include:
- Treatment and care for their medical needs related to their injury or illness
- Cash benefits for lost wages, generally up to about two-thirds of their missed income, tax-free
- Rehabilitation and job-training, as necessary for long-term or permanent injuries
- Death benefits as well as reasonable funeral and burial costs paid to the surviving spouse, children, or parents
In some cases, the lost wage benefits may continue for up to 450 weeks. They may also change depending on the worker’s condition and abilities. For example, they may receive partial benefits if they can work at a reduced capacity. Calculating the benefits available to a worker is not always easy, but our team fights for the benefits that should be available to our clients.
Time Limits for Challenging a Bay St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Decision
The Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission (MWCC) enforces several deadlines in the workers’ compensation claims process. This includes notifying your employer about your injuries or the diagnosis of your illness within 30 days. We recommend doing this in writing, even if your supervisor witnessed the accident.
You also have two years to file a claim following your accident or exposure. This is the two-year statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims.
When we step in and manage an appeal, there is an additional timeline we must keep in mind. We ensure our clients meet all appropriate deadlines and do not lose their right to claim benefits or appeal a denial because of late paperwork or other mistakes.
Most Workers Should Have Access to Workers’ Compensation
Under Mississippi law, most workers who are hurt on the job or have a job-related illness should have workers’ compensation benefits available to them, according to the Mississippi Bar. These benefits should help with their basic expenses and losses related to their injury or illness.
These programs are designed to help workers get the treatment and care they need and continue to pay their bills while they undergo care for their work-related injury. To receive these benefits, the worker should only have to prove:
- They qualify for coverage under a workers’ compensation policy.
- They suffer from an injury or illness.
- Their injury occurred because of an accident at work, chronic use at work, or a work-related exposure.
However, there are deadlines to meet and certain paperwork that must be filed. Sometimes, there are problems with this process. Your employer or the insurer could refuse to admit your injuries occurred at work, or they may calculate your wage replacement benefits improperly. They may deny your claim or refuse to reconsider your benefits.
If this happened to you, the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help. Contact the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport to discuss your options. Call (228) 357-9621 today to learn how our team may be able to appeal the decision or fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve based on your income.
Talk to Our Team Today About Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A Bay St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you if your claim was denied. If your employer or the insurance provider refuses to provide you with benefits, our team wants to discuss your options with you. Our workers’ compensation denial consultations are free.
Call the Gulfport office of the Morris Bart law firm if you experienced a workers’ compensation claim denial in Bay St. Louis. We can speak with you about your case for free today at (228) 357-9621.
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