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.
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?
During the last 13 years, there has been a national watering down of workers' compensation rights. Thirty states have altered workers' compensation legislation to make it more favorable to employers. In addition, a Department of Labor report points to a dangerous race to the bottom that places injured workers in tremendous financial jeopardy.
Did you know that if you are injured at work in Mississippi, or experience an illness caused by your working conditions, you are entitled to certain benefits and rights? Workers' compensation laws in Mississippi provide two types of benefits to which you may be entitled: Medical treatment and cash disability payments.
Some of our readers may know a bit about the workers' compensation program. In general, state law mandates that employers must pay for medical treatment and a portion of lost wages for employees who are injured on the job. There are, of course, exceptions, most notably if the injury occurred when the employee was not technically "on the job," or if the employee was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. Barring those limited exceptions, in general it does not matter how the work injury occurred.
Many people have the unfortunate luck of suffering an injury or illness that is related to their employment. In most cases, the injured party will need some minor medical attention, and perhaps a bit of time off from work to recover. However, there are other, more serious cases where a work injury can be quite severe, keeping a worker from returning to the job for weeks or even months. As a result, the injured worker may choose to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
OSHA was created by legislation known as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The purpose of this legislative action is to protect American workers. OSHA creates minimum standards that must be met by employers to ensure the health and safety of workers. The Occupations Safety and Health Administration enforces the workplace safety standards that aim to accomplish this goal. Workers who believe that OSHA standards are not being met in their workplace may request a visit from an OSHA inspector.
Regardless of the industry, Mississippi businesses are charged with keeping workers safe. If an employee is injured, there are certain protocols that must be followed during the course of the investigation. The government agency that regulates workplace health and safety standards is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This post will focus on how the rules on workplace safety are made.
Sometimes, Mississippi residence experience a short or long term disability that renders them unable to work. Occasionally, that disability is because the worker was injured on the job. For those facing these work related disabilities, , it may be time to file a workers compensation claim with the state of Mississippi. Before an application is begun, it may be helpful to review some of the most frequent mistakes made by applicants. These mistakes may delay compensation or cause a claim to be denied.
A July post covered the responsibilities of Tennessee employers when an employee is injured. This week's post will cover the responsibilities of injured Tennessee employees and the rights that are endowed to them by law. Having a clear understanding of these may help claimants find relief more efficiently.