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Living in Southaven, Mississippi

Southhaven, Mississippi is the state’s third-largest city and sits at its northern edge just south of Memphis, Tennessee. Southaven has about 56,000 people and tends to attract young families and working professionals who commute to Memphis for work.

This is an affordable midsize city with easy access to entertainment, dining, and shopping options in suburban Southhaven and the greater Memphis area. The median income here is just over $63,000 and the median home value is about $150,000, both of which are just below the national average. 

Southaven Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer is extremely important and not many law firms practice workers’ compensation as extensively as we do. Most workers’ compensation attorneys are personal injury lawyers who handle workers’ compensation cases that arise in other claims. 

At Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, we specialize in workers’ compensation. We offer the level of knowledge, experience, and dedication it takes to fight cases where our clients are wrongfully denied or terminated at work.

Navigating the workers’ compensation system alone can be very frustrating. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process every step of the way. Let our professional team relieve your stress and help you focus on living your life.

Workers’ Compensation Injuries We Handle

Workers’ compensation covers any traumatic injury or occupational illness that occurs in the course of employment. Some of the most common and serious claims we take on include:

Back, Neck, and Spine Injuries

An injury to the back, neck, or spine can happen in an instant and change your life, leaving you unable to perform your work duties and live the same life you used to live. Severe injuries can also be the result of an occupational injury or disease that developed slowly over time.

However, employers don’t enjoy hearing about expensive injuries like these and may pressure injured workers to minimize their claims. Don’t allow an employer to push you into accepting poor medical care or try to convince you that your neck, back, or spinal injury isn’t work-related.

First Responder Illnesses

Our nation’s heroic first responders are sometimes left with debilitating injuries and illnesses. Cancer, heart disease, and lung disease can arise directly due to a first responder’s on-the-job duties in dangerous areas. They may be exposed to chemicals and airborne particles that put their health at risk.

First responders deal with crises, violent crimes, and physically demanding work that poses a risk of injury and disease. Reach out to us if you’re suffering from work-related hypertension, post-traumatic stress, hepatitis, hearing loss, or cancer.

Fractures

Do you have a bone fracture or stress fracture acquired in the course of your work? These injuries often occur in the feet, ankles, knees, and shoulders and require the care of an orthopedic doctor or surgeon.

Your employer may downplay a fracture, even though your injury could take plenty of time and money to heal. You may need surgery and rehabilitation to restore your health and range of motion.

Shoulder and Knee Injuries

A shoulder or knee injury can be extremely painful and require time off of work for surgery and physical therapy. A tissue tear in your shoulder or knee can call for replacement of tendons or ligaments, and perhaps even an artificial shoulder or knee replacement surgery.

Without early intervention and proper treatment, an injury like this can become much worse and threaten your mobility. Never allow an employer to brush off your concerns or cause a delay in diagnosis or treatment that may put your health at risk.

Southaven Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

If you’ve ever looked at the poster in your workplace that talks about workplace accidents, it might seem easy to notify your employer about an injury and claim workers’ compensation. That’s not always the case!

Reporting a workplace accident should be handled with care. It’s all too easy to do something or say something that puts your workers’ compensation claim at risk of being denied or underpaid. Consult a workers’ compensation lawyer before doing anything you might regret later.

Here’s how the process typically works:

Employer Notification

Notify your employer as soon as possible about your workplace injury or diagnosed occupational disease. In Mississippi, you’re required to report it within 30 days, but the sooner you make your report the sooner the process can start. Don’t wait too long, or you could miss your chance and have to face the cost and recovery from your injury or disease on your own.

Claim Filing

After notifying your employer, they should notify their insurance carrier and the state of Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC), along with its workers’ comp carrier. This is a key step in filing your claim.

Appeal to Agency

Hopefully, you’ll start to receive wage replacement benefits as soon as possible after your injury or diagnosis. This could cover your medical bills and help you survive the financial impact of being injured. However, you may have to file appeals to the Workforce Commission to secure coverage.

Appeal to Court

If you file an appeal, there will be an official hearing before an administrative law judge. In Mississippi, you can appeal the judge’s order by appealing to the Full Commission within 20 days and you’ll receive a reply to your appeal. If you’re still dissatisfied with the Full Commission result, you have 30 days to appeal to Circuit Court or the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Retaining a Lawyer – Don’t Wait!

Don’t wait until the end of the process to think about hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer. These are very complex claims that require legal expertise, and if you wait too long, you may lose your chance for compensation because deadlines have passed and decisions have been made.

Retaining a lawyer sooner may help you get your benefits quickly, and it will also cost less to resolve your claim without having to go to court. Our dedicated workers’ comp lawyers can help you keep the claim process running as smoothly as possible.

Types of Personal Injury Claims

At Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, we handle many types of personal injury and accident cases that may arise in your life. Below is a summary of each type of claim we handle and some important information you should know about these cases.

Car Accidents

Many Mississippi car accidents are preventable and are caused by someone else’s negligence. When you or someone you love is injured in a car accident someone else causes, you have the right to pursue compensation from them with a lawsuit or insurance claim. 

Truck Accidents

Here in Mississippi, truck accidents are some of the most devastating accidents on our roads. They can cause severe and life-changing injuries, not to mention the frustration of trying to secure compensation from a big trucking company and its insurance carrier. Your truck accident lawyer can help you make a strong case for high-value compensation.

Motorcycle Accidents

If you have motorcycle accident injuries, you might not get much sympathy from the driver who hurt you, the insurance company, or even the police. Motorcyclists sometimes face stereotypes about their responsibility for crashes. You’ll need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer by your side.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Did you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident? This is one of the top reasons for emergency room hospitalizations. You can hold a property owner responsible for unsafe conditions that caused your injury, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Medical Malpractice

Mississippi malpractice claims are among the most complex and challenging cases to prove. However, when you have the right evidence and the help of a skilled lawyer, you can successfully secure compensation from a doctor, hospital, clinic, or other healthcare professionals who failed to meet the appropriate standard for your care.

Wrongful Death

When you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you can start a wrongful death claim. This helps you cover expenses such as a funeral, burial, and cemetery costs. While no amount of compensation brings back your loved one, a wrongful death claim can ease the stress of your financial hardships.

How a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’re wondering why you need to retain an attorney and how we can help your case, here are some things you should know: Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, and their allegiance is to their insured and the company. They will do whatever is necessary to keep from paying out on a claim. 

Our job is to make sure they don’t take advantage of you. We’ll manage the communication with the insurance companies and their attorneys, plus we’ll conduct an independent investigation and gather all the necessary evidence. If we need to file claims with multiple entities or parties, we’ll ensure this communication goes smoothly.

Before an insurance company pays out on a claim, they need your medical records, billing information, employment records documenting your lost wages, and much more. We’ll gather this paperwork, negotiate with the other party, and fight for the maximum compensation possible. 

If your case doesn’t resolve through negotiations, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf and handle the court system. If your case goes to trial, we have the experience and resources to represent you throughout the entire litigation process.

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

Don’t know if you have a case? Here’s how to find out: Contact us for an initial consultation with a lawyer who specializes in the relevant area, like workers’ compensation, car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more.

Your lawyer will meet with you and listen to your story. They will then sort through the legal matters and present you with your options so you can decide on your next steps. Unlike your employer or an insurance company, your lawyer always works with your best interests in mind.

If you decide to move forward with a case, your lawyer provides valuable assistance with a wide array of legal tasks like conducting interviews, communicating with involved parties, locating documents, and handling paperwork. Most cases can be settled out of court, but we can take your case to court and provide excellent representation, if necessary.

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

Contact us for a consultation to get an idea of your potential damages, which is the value of your bills and other losses that you can recover. It’s hard to say exactly what kind of compensation you could receive without knowing your specific situation. 

Your attorney can review the details of your case and determine which types of damages you might be eligible to collect. Typical compensation includes losses like:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Property loss
  • Pain and suffering

Southaven, Mississippi Emergency Services

In an emergency, call 911.

Police
Southaven Police Department

Fire
Southaven Fire and EMS

Hospital
Baptist Memorial Hospital

Courts
Southaven Courts
Desoto County Courts

Dedicated, Professional Legal Help With Mississippi Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Matters

When you hire our firm to represent you, we’ll protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation possible under the law. We’ll conduct an independent investigation, gather all available evidence, speak with witnesses, and put the other party on notice that you’ve retained a lawyer to work on your behalf.

After we have your medical records and billing, we’ll verify the extent of your injuries and what your future prognosis is. In serious injury cases, we may need to retain medical experts and vocational experts to weigh in on your future care.

Negotiating with insurance companies is one of the most stressful aspects of a claim, but you don’t have to handle it alone. We’re excellent negotiators and can get past any difficulties or stonewalling. And we aren’t afraid to back down from an aggressive court battle.

Knowing what the law requires is one thing; standing up for your rights is another. Our professional, dedicated team has years of experience with workers’ compensation, traffic accidents, slip and fall injuries, and other personal injury cases. We have the experience it takes to help you pursue a successful outcome and secure the compensation you deserve.

Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC in Southaven, Mississippi
Contact us for a free consultation.
601-983-2667

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