Jackson Temporary Total Disability Benefits Lawyer
Most job injuries, especially slip-and-falls and other trauma injuries, are serious but not life-threatening, as long as victims get prompt and proper medical treatment. Additionally, most injured workers want to get back on the job as soon as possible. Generally, a job is more than a source of income. It’s also a source of identity. Therefore, most of these injuries are temporarily disabling. After they recover, victims can go back to work at full speed.
Financial benefits that help workers get back on their feet benefit everyone, except the insurance company that writes the checks. Quite simply, insurance companies make money when they collect premiums and lose money when they pay claims. Since the insurance company has a gang of lawyers working to protect its interests, victims need an equally determined Jackson temporary total disability lawyer from Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe to stand up for their legal and financial rights. That’s just what we do, every time we work on your case.
Lost Wage Benefits
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) wage replacement benefits are usually based on the victim’s Average Weekly Wage. By the book, TTD victims are entitled to two-thirds of their AWW until their doctors fully clear them to return to work.
This method is deceptively simple, mostly because the AWW is difficult to calculate, at least in many cases.
Assume Ben, who is a lifeguard at a fitness gym, breaks his arm right before the gym’s pool expands its hours for the summer. In this case, Ben’s winter paychecks are deceptively low. When the weather warms up, he will receive substantial overtime hours. He may also be in line for a battlefield promotion to shift manager or another higher-earning position.
Additionally, the AWW for TTD victims isn’t limited to cash compensation. It also includes non cash compensation, such as housing and tuition reimbursement.
Incidentally, the victim’s doctor usually has the exclusive right to say when a victim is ready to go back to work full time. Mississippi job injury victims may choose their own doctors. That’s a right that injured workers in many other states don’t have.
Jackson Temporary Total Disability Benefits Lawyer and Medical Benefits
Economic benefits aren’t limited to average earnings over the past few months, and medical bill payment isn’t limited to initial hospitalization.
Frequently, the medical bills start piling up before job injury victims even reach hospitals. Surface transportation is usually several hundred dollars. Helicopter medevac could be as much as $40,000. Careflight operations are quite common in Mississippi. The closest hospital might not be very close to the jobsite, especially if the victim was an offshore or other energy exploration/production/processing worker.
Likewise, medical expenses don’t end once victims receive their discharge papers. The latest prescription drugs are incredibly costly. Medical devices and extended physical therapy drives these expenses even higher.
Usually, compensation is available for all reasonably necessary medical bills. A Jackson temporary total disability benefits lawyer and an insurance adjuster often have very different opinions as to what constitutes reasonably necessary. It’s important for victims to have a strong voice in this process.
Reach Out to an Energetic Madison County Attorney
Injured workers are entitled to substantial benefits. For a free consultation with an experienced Jackson temporary total disability benefits lawyer, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.