Workers who are injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim often face an immediate denial. Surprisingly, only 20 percent of those who receive a denial will pursue their claim further. This is good news for employers and insurance companies but bad news for employees.
Quick Workers’ Compensation Facts from 2016
- 10,944 workers’ compensation claims were filed in 2016
- Hinds County, Mississippi had the most occurrence of injuries (Harrison County and Madison County were 2nd and 3rd respectively)
- Most injuries or illnesses occurred on Monday
- August and September were reported most frequently as the month of occurrence
- Lower back injuries were the most common injuries reported (knees and shoulders were 3rd and 4th respectively)
- Lifting was the leading cause of injury
- 62 fatalities were reported in 2016
- The manufacturing industry (including Nissan in Canton, Mississippi pictured above) was most commonly identified industry where the injury occurred followed by transportation and services.
When you suffer an on-the-job injury or you suffer long-term health problems due to environmental issues on the job, you are entitled to receive compensation for time missed from work as well as reimbursement of your medical expenses. Even if your employer initially denies your claim, The Franks Law Firm, PLLC can help hold them accountable.
Employers must honor legitimate workers’ compensation claims to ensure you are not suffering financially while you are recovering from a work-related injury. In Mississippi, you may be entitled to recover up to two-thirds of your average weekly wage you earned prior to your work-related injury. It is important to contact an attorney so you can determine if you are being paid what you have a right to.
Further, once you file an accident report with your employer, they have a legal obligation to forward that information to their insurer. However, workers all over the state of Mississippi have experienced problems with this process. You should not have to accept a denial of benefits you are entitled to, contact us and let us fight to get you the benefits you should expect under the workers’ compensation laws in Mississippi.