As most workers in Mississippi know, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits under state law if you ever suffer an injury while at work. However, what you may not know are the actual benefits available, and the specific details and requirements of each.
Two Primary Benefits: Medical Care And Wage Replacement
Under Mississippi workers' comp statutes, injured workers are entitled to two primary types of benefits, including:
- Medical care benefits: Any health care or medical treatment you need to treat your work injury will be covered by workers' comp. In fact, you are entitled to any reasonable and necessary medical treatment you need to get better, regardless of cost, including hospital services, doctor visits, medications, physical therapy (PT) and any medical devices you may need, such as crutches. You may also be able to seek mileage reimbursement for trips to your doctor's office.
- Wage loss benefits: If you miss time from work because of your work-related injury, then you may also be able to see benefits to cover your lost wages. Typically, you are entitled to receive as much as two-thirds of you average weekly wage for a set amount of time. It is also important to note that lawmakers have placed a maximum cap on the amount of benefits you may receive each week.
If a loved one dies as a result of a work-related accident, surviving spouses and other dependants may be able to collect death benefits, which cover a certain percentage of the deceased worker's weekly wage, which may continue for up to 450 weeks. You may also be eligible for a funeral expenses, up to a certain amount.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the information above is merely a general outline of the workers' compensation benefits available under Mississippi law. Depending on your specific circumstances, your benefits can vary a great deal, which is why it is always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can explain your rights and help guide you through this often complex process.
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