Skilled Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Healthcare Workers
Lawyers you can trust when you need representation after a workplace injury
Some of the most vital jobs in Mississippi is that of the healthcare worker. When you have been injured and you find yourself in the hospital, it is the nurses and other hospital staff who are taking care of you. If you are a healthcare worker who has been injured on the job, you may qualify to claim workers’ compensation benefits, which covers a partial wage loss benefit, medical expenses and other benefits such as vocational rehabilitation and death benefits for the relatives of workers who lose their lives in workplace accidents.
At the law firm or Merkel & Cocke, P.A., our experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation attorneys are here to protect your right to recover compensation for your workplace injuries. We offer free consultations and you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Which healthcare workers are prone to workplace injuries?
Being a healthcare worker can be hazardous. Whether you work in a large hospital, a nursing home, a medical clinic or as a home care nurse, you are exposed to countless hazards from being exposed to communicable diseases, the stress of the frenetic pace, and the wear and tear on the body from the grueling physical demands of the job.
Of course, all workers can become injured, but the following are the types of healthcare workers who have physically demanding jobs, who face pressure to perform their work tasks quickly, and who have heavy physical demands as a part of their daily work routine:
- Certified nursing assistants
- Medical assistants
- Nursing home health aides
- Hospital patient transport aides (orderlies)
- Physical therapists
- EMT and paramedics
Examples of types of healthcare worker injuries
Here are just a few of the types of injuries that healthcare workers might suffer any day on the job:
- Slip and fall
- Musculoskeletal injuries (back, neck and shoulder injuries)
- Repetitive Stress
- Sharps injuries
- Exposure to bloodborne pathogens
- Hazardous chemical exposure
- Violence/ assault
- Head injuries
- Workplace stress
It is important that nurses and other healthcare workers who suffer an injury on the job report their injury immediately. Sometimes it can be challenging for those who provide healthcare for others to seek it for themselves. (Hence, the expression, doctors make the worst patients). But if you do not report one injury, it can make you vulnerable for another injury. If you do not report it as a workplace injury, the insurance company can deny it as an injury you suffered at home because you did not report it at work.
Local hospitals in our area
The following is a list of some of the major hospitals in our area that employ hundreds of healthcare workers:
- Merit Health Central
- Baptist Medical Center
- Baptist Memorial Hospital
- Conerly Critical Care Hospital
- Northwest Mississippi Medical Center
- St. Dominic Hospital
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center
Nursing has the highest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries, (Bureau of Labor Statistics), nurses often must lift and move heavy patients, nurses and other healthcare workers face bullying and assault and they are vulnerable to the emotional stress of the work. In some instances, nurses face even greater risk of workplace injury than construction workers.
How will working with a Mississippi workers’ compensation attorney help me?
If you are suffering from a workplace injury and as if that was not enough stress, your employer’s insurer has delayed or denied your claim, you need an experienced advocate to fight for the compensation you have earned. When you have a skilled workplace injury lawyer fighting on your behalf, you can concentrate on rest and healing while we focus on winning compensation for you.
We know the value of your case. Our Mississippi workers’ compensation attorneys are thoroughly versed in the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying what you are owed.
You enjoy the benefits of working with an experienced team of Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyers
If you are facing a dispute with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer, our firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You can rely on the lawyers of Merkel & Cocke to recover fair compensation for your work-related injuries or occupational disease. We have offices in Jackson, Clarksdale, and Oxford, and we serve injured clients throughout Mississippi, including in Tupelo, throughout the Gulf Coast Region, and in Tennessee and Arkansas. Call us at 662-799-1633 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.