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Occupational illnesses and your right to workers' compensation

Whether you work at a job considered inherently risky or more dangerous than other types of employment or not, you could still face exposure to certain things at work that could make you sick. There are various types of occupational illnesses, and Mississippi employees in various types of jobs could find themselves ill and missing work because of one of them.

If you became ill because of exposure to a disease, chemical or toxic substance at work, you may have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. Missing work because you are sick can be costly, both financially and emotionally, and you have the right to pursue a full recovery and the medical care you need.

Your neck injury could have a major impact on your life

Neck injuries are some of the most common types of car accident injuries, including whiplash. This type of injury, while rather common, can be quite serious, affecting a victim's mental and physical well-being in multiple ways. Mississippi victims would be wise to take their injury seriously, seeking appropriate medical care, as recovery can be lengthy and complicated.

Whiplash happens when the head and neck are rapidly pushed forward, then backwards, often the result of a sudden impact. Even a low-speed collision could result in whiplash, and if you suffered because of the actions of another person, you do not have to face it alone. You could be eligible to receive restitution for your whiplash-related suffering and other losses, as well as emotional duress.

Who's responsible when a doctor makes a mistake?

When you turn to a doctor for treatment, it is with the expectation that he or she will provide quality care. While doctors do make mistakes occasionally, there is a big difference between a mistake or unforeseen outcome and negligence. When doctor errors result in suffering or even death, who is liable?

If a Mississippi doctor's negligence caused you additional pain or caused you to have to undergo additional surgeries and procedures, you may have a valid medical malpractice case. However, it can be rather difficult to prove fault in these cases, and you will find it beneficial to secure the help of an attorney in order to navigate the legal process.

I have cancer. What happens if I am unable to work?

A cancer diagnosis will have a significant impact on various areas of your life, including your career. Depending on the nature of your diagnosis and the type of treatment required, you could be left temporarily disabled and lacking the ability to hold gainful employment.

After receiving news of this magnitude, the last thing you want to worry about is earning an income and taking care of the financial needs of your Mississippi family. Fortunately, there may be some options for relief available to you. By applying for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), you may be able to secure benefits.

Is your loved one in danger?

If you're an adult child whose mother or father is in need of nursing home care, you've likely done your research to investigate various services located in your Mississippi region. There may be things you like more about one place than another. In the end, you really just want to find someplace where your loved one will be attended to according to the highest level of safety and care standards in order to live as happy and healthy a life as possible.

Of course, unless you yourself live somewhere for an extended period of time, there's really no full-proof way of determining quality of care in a particular facility. Many people wind up very happy with the choices they make and their loved ones spend years receiving attentive and compassionate care. Others experience situations far from ideal; in fact, some meet with utter disaster when their loved ones suffer personal injuries at the hands of their own caregivers.

Working In A Hospital Is A Dangerous Job | Injured At Work?

Health care workers are extremely important, but few people are aware of the fact that these workers face a risk of injury or illness that is higher than most other types of jobs. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital workers face more safety risks in one day of work than do people employed in construction or manufacturing.

Can I Get Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions? Get Help

Mental conditions and disorders are common, but for some Mississippi residents, these issues may prevent them from working. If you or a loved one is unable to work due a medically diagnosed mental condition, it is possible that you will be eligible for disability benefits.

Why Was My Mississippi Worker's Compensation Claim Denied?

It is not unusual for people to wind up missing work for an extended amount of time. One of the reasons people could miss a significant amount of work is due to an injury. This injury could be acquired in the workplace or elsewhere. People who miss work often use up all of their vacation days and sick days first. After this, they may stop receiving their paycheck.

Just because someone misses work doesn't mean the bills stop rolling in. People often look to worker's compensation to help pay these expenses while they are recovering. Unfortunately, many people have their worker's compensation claims initially denied. In order to maximize the chance of either having an initial claim approved or winning a claims appeal, it is important to understand common challenges to the approval process. Once you have a basic understanding of the process, you can speak with your attorney about the specifics of your situation and how to move forward so that your claim has the best possible chances of success. 

Mississippi texting and driving laws could be changing soon

At this point, it is common knowledge that attempting to use a phone or an electronic device while operating a vehicle is dangerous. As technology has developed and smart phones have become more accessible, a greater amount of people than ever before are taking advantage of them. However, more accidents than ever before are being caused by distracted drivers.

In an effort to reduce the amount of distracted driving accidents, particularly those caused by phone usage, almost every state in the nation has established some form of ban on using phones while driving. The only states that do not currently have some form of phone-use-while-driving ban are Montana and Arizona. Many states, including Mississippi, are considering stricter texting and driving laws.

Changes may be made to Mississippi workers' comp laws | Get Help

Under current workers' compensation laws, employees who are injured while performing work-related activities are fully or partially compensated by their employer for the injuries they sustained and the expenses of their recovery. In return, employees are not allowed to sue their employer. But what if the employee that was injured was a contracted employee?

That is currently the situation in which American Plant Services employee Quindon Thomas finds himself. While working for American Plant Services, he was contracted to work at the oil industry giant Chevron's plant in Pascagoula. While working at the plant, he sustained serious injuries. Because he was operating as a contractor on Chevron's property, his legal case may change how contracted employees can legally interact with their employers.

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