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Nov 26, 2019

When and How to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

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Workers who are injured due to an accident or who suffer an occupational illness are entitled to wage loss benefits and payments for all reasonably necessary medical expenses. In some cases, workers may also be entitled to vocational rehabilitation expenses. Injured employees generally receive 2/3 of their average weekly wage, up to a state maximum, until they are able to return to work. Some workers never fully recover from their accident or their illness. Workers [...]

Oct 9, 2019

How Is a Workers’ Compensation Claim Decided?

By |October 9th, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

Suffering an injury on the job doesn’t have to derail your financial situation at home when you can file for workers’ compensation benefits. A large number of employers participate in this program, so long as they meet the federal requirements. If you work for a company that provides its employees with this insurance, be sure to take advantage of it. The amount of workers’ compensation benefits you will receive depends on the amount of time [...]

Sep 10, 2019

Workers’ Compensation and Mental Health Claims in Mississippi

By |September 10th, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

As a general rule, if you are physically hurt in an accident, you may need to treat with ER doctors, orthopedists, pain management doctors, and other specialists. You may need to work with physical, vocational, and occupational therapists. But what if your injury led to mental trauma? Or what if the incident caused you no physical injury at all, but has affected your mental health? You can file for workers’ compensation for mental or emotional [...]

Jul 2, 2019

Merkel & Cocke Client Awarded $150,000 Resulting from Legal Malpractice by Another Firm

By |July 2nd, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

In 2008, Lori Cooperwood (nee Chandler) was hurt while working at Cooper Tire in Tupelo. Like most other injured workers, she wanted to file for workers’ compensation. She hired another local law firm to help her with her claim. The mistakes and egregious misconduct of that firm’s law clerk led to an 11-year battle for justice. On June 25, 2019, attorneys Corrie Schuler and Robert Carson were able to secure that justice for Mrs. Cooperwood, [...]

May 7, 2019

Top Five Reasons Mississippi Workers Get Hurt on the Job

By |May 7th, 2019|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

While workplace accidents can happen anywhere, some industry sectors are more prone to accidents than others. Construction workers are in constant danger of being struck by objects, falling on uneven ground or being hurt by machines and equipment. Police and firefighters constantly place their lives and their bodies at risk. Hospital workers can easily become infected or suffer back injuries from moving patients around. Workplace injuries in manufacturing jobs are especially dangerous. Truck drivers face [...]

Dec 18, 2018

What Happens If I Get Hurt at the Annual Office Holiday Party?

By |December 18th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

The holidays are a warm time for most workers. Many companies host parties at the office and at local restaurants. Some companies use the holiday season to have team building exercises combined with holiday cheer. For many, these activities are a lot of fun. For some workers, though, accidents happen which can force the worker to take time off from work, and to spend time in the emergency room and treating with doctors. Common causes [...]

Nov 27, 2018

What Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are You Entitled To?

By |November 27th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

Workers who are injured due to a workplace accident or an occupational illness are entitled to different types of benefits. The benefits depend on: Whether the injuries are temporary or permanent The length of time the employee can’t work His/her weekly compensation Whether the worker needs to be trained for a new job Injured or ill workers are not entitled to pain and suffering like victims of personal injury accidents. Wage loss benefits The starting [...]

Oct 30, 2018

OSHA Cites Two Companies for Hazardous Conditions that Led to the Death of a Worker in Utica, MS

By |October 30th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to two companies – Midway Tower Service Inc. and Bracken Equipment Holdings LLC – for hazardous conditions after a communications worker died on a worksite in Utica. According to, “Midway Tower Service Inc. was cited for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards, failing to remove or replace damaged attachments between the hook of a crane and the load, and for not capping [...]

Sep 25, 2018

Pelahatchie Construction Site Explosion Reinforces the Dangers Faced By Heavy Industry Workers

By |September 25th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

A building was heavily damaged when an explosion rocked a central Mississippi construction site on the afternoon of September 10 in Pelahatchie, east of Jackson. No one was reported injured. According to news reports, three workers were performing tank welding operations at the Jackson Commodities building when vapor in the air ignited, causing the explosion. According to Mike Ward, Rankin County Emergency Management Director, the top portion of one of the tanks was propelled through [...]

Aug 28, 2018

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries, and How Do They Happen?

By |August 28th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

When you suffer an injury that causes you to lose time from work, it doesn't have to be something as dramatic as losing a finger or breaking an ankle. A variety of businesses and industries call Mississippi home, and no matter what your job is or what you do for a living, it's simply an unfortunate fact that you might get hurt on the job. One of the most common workers' compensation claims each year [...]

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