Jackson Workers’ Compensation Application Lawyer
Things happen quickly in a Mississippi job injury claim. Strict time deadlines apply in terms of injury reporting. Victims who miss these deadlines, even if they have a legally, medically, or other valid reason for missing the deadline, might lose their right to obtain benefits. The available benefits are substantial. They usually include both lost wage replacement and reasonable medical bill payment. Full benefits are normally available even if the victim was partially at fault, or entirely at fault, for the illness or injury.
The dedicated Jackson workers’ compensation application lawyer at Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe get to work just as quickly. We start each case with a conversation, so we better understand your needs and goals in a certain matter. Then, if necessary, we assemble a team of crack investigators, doctors, and other professionals to obtain the evidence needed for maximum benefits. Finally, when the case goes to court, we never stop fighting for you. This approach has produced life-changing results for previous clients, and we’re confident your case will turn out the same way.
The exact time deadlines in workers’ compensation cases depend on the individual insurance policies. However, they’re generally the same. If they follow the rules to the letter, many victims don’t need lawyers at this stage.
Usually, victims have a duty to immediately report work-related injuries to their supervisors. This notice need not be overly specific. But, it must be specific enough to give proper notice of what happened. “I fell” usually isn’t enough. “I fell near the pool” is probably sufficient.
Once again generally, this notice must be written as well as immediate. E-mail or text messages aren’t technically “written” reports. That may seem like mindless minutiae, but it’s just the kind of thing insurance companies use to make life more difficult for job injury victims. So, the best practice is to send a quick text followed by “snail mail” notice.
Incidentally, injured workers in Mississippi may choose their own doctors. Workers in many other states don’t have that right.
Illnesses and Jackson Workers’ Compensation Application Lawyer
In terms of workers’ complication applications, occupational diseases are usually more complex than trauma injuries.
Generally, when people fall or sustain other trauma injuries, they almost immediately know about them. Occupational diseases, like hearing loss, are different. Most of these victims don’t run to the doctor when they first have trouble hearing. Additionally, most people hear loud noises at home as well as at work, especially if they live near busy intersections or in another high-noise environment.
A version of the discovery rule protects delayed reporting victims. Usually, victims have no legal obligation to report their claims until they know the full extent of their losses and they connect those losses with their job environments. A version of the eggshell skull rule protects pre-existing condition victims. Generally, insurance companies cannot use a victim’s vulnerabilities to reduce or deny benefits.
Contact a Dedicated Madison County Attorney
Injured workers are entitled to substantial benefits. For a free consultation with an experienced Jackson workers’ compensation application lawyer, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.