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An injured worker's right to workers' compensation benefits

Workers in Mississippi who experience an injury in the workplace know that they could have a claim to certain types of benefits. However, if you are not injured, it could be beneficial to know about workers' compensation and how the claims process works. A better understanding of your rights can help you protect your right to recovery.

Workers' compensation benefits exist to assist people who suffer injuries in the workplace, as a result of their work environment or because of an occupational illness. Even if you have a rightful claim to these benefits, it can sometimes be frustratingly complicated to actually obtain the support you need. You have the right to protect your claim to this financial safety net after a work injury.

Who's in the car with your teen driver?

You probably recall the jokes the adults in your life made when you first got your license years ago. Instead of congratulating you, they may have laughingly vowed to give up driving or hinted that the roads would never be safe again. You may have taken it in stride, or perhaps you set out to prove them wrong by keeping your driving record clean.

You likely remember those early jittery days of uncertainty with your new license. You may even remember the first time you took your friends for a ride. The radio was up loud, and the windows were down as you and your friends pushed the boundaries with your newfound freedom. Unfortunately for many teens today, those rides often turn out deadly.

I can't work, but how do I know if I qualify for disability?

Mississippi individuals who struggle with a disabling medical condition may not look like they are affected by a serious illness or issue, but in reality, they may be physically or mentally unable to hold gainful employment. People who are not able to meet the requirements of steady employment often find that they are also facing serious financial concerns. These individuals may be eligible for certain types of financial support.

Disabled individuals could have a rightful claim to financial benefits through the Social Security Administration, but the requirements are strict, and the process is complex. If you are unable to work because you are sick or injured, you may find it useful to learn if you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Your job may be the cause of your carpal tunnel discomfort

You may know that Mississippi workers have the right to certain financial benefits when they suffer injuries from a work-related accident. However, you may not know that these benefits also extend to individuals who suffer work-related injuries or medical conditions that develop over time. You may be suffering from a condition that is the result of your job duties, and you could have a valid reason to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of how your job can cause a painful and debilitating injury over time. A type of repetitive stress injury, this medical condition is the result of doing the same motions over and over again. Injured employees always have the right to know how to seek the compensation they need and deserve.

How hospitals can prevent the spread of deadly C. diff

One of the first elements of personal hygiene you learned as a child was probably washing your hands. Your parents likely reminded you to wash up before meals, after using the bathroom and when getting ready for bed. You may not have understood the purpose of all that washing, but as you grew, you learned how this simple act could help prevent the spread of germs that make you sick.

Your hands pick up and carry germs everywhere you go, but, ironically, there may be no place where you are more vulnerable to the illnesses germs spread than in a hospital. In fact, one particular bacterial infection is the number one cause of hospital deaths.

How hospitals can prevent the spread of deadly C. diff

One of the first elements of personal hygiene you learned as a child was probably washing your hands. Your parents likely reminded you to wash up before meals, after using the bathroom and when getting ready for bed. You may not have understood the purpose of all that washing, but as you grew, you learned how this simple act could help prevent the spread of germs that make you sick.

Your hands pick up and carry germs everywhere you go, but, ironically, there may be no place where you are more vulnerable to the illnesses germs spread than in a hospital. In fact, one particular bacterial infection is the number one cause of hospital deaths.

Your car accident may be more than just a pain in your neck

A car accident can result in various types of injuries for both Mississippi drivers and passengers. One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, and while considered a relatively minor injury, it can still have a major impact on a victim's life. It can be much more than a simple pain in your neck.

Whiplash occurs when the neck moves forward and backward rapidly, making a whipping motion. This often happens in rear-end accidents, and it is possible to suffer a whiplash injury even from a low-speed collision. If you are suffering from whiplash after a car accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation for your losses and recovery needs.

The role of your employer after a work-related accident

If you suffered an accident at work, you know the extent to which it can affect multiple areas of your life. From your physical abilities to your financial stability, getting hurt at work is a serious threat to your well-being. Regardless of job title, it is prudent for every Mississippi worker to know his or her rights in case of a work accident. 

It may be useful for you to understand the role of your employer after a work-related accident. When you know your rights and what to expect, you may find it easier to obtain the workers' compensation benefits you deserve.

Tire age: Your safety may be riding on it

When you travel the busy roadways of Mississippi, you no doubt keep your eyes open for any signs of potential danger in your surrounding area. If you notice another driver making erratic lane changes on the highway, you likely try to keep as safe a distance as possible from that particular vehicle. Your safety alert may also kick into full gear if you pass a highly congested construction site along the road. Driving dangers often lurk in such areas.

You obviously can't know every potential risk that exists each time you get behind the wheel because some hazards occur suddenly and unexpectedly, while others may not even be immediately apparent. For instance, do you know the age of the tires on every car you'll cross paths with the next time you drive somewhere? Of course you don't; however, tire age happens to greatly impact safety and if a nearby vehicle has tires past the recommended age for safety, your uneventful trip to a convenience store can turn into disaster.

Your cancer diagnosis could qualify you for disablity

Cancer is a serious threat to your health, and it could represent a serious threat to your ability to work and provide for your family as well. When you are too sick to work or the effects of your medical treatment leave you unable to hold gainful employment, you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

If you think you might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you have no time to lose in seeking much needed financial support. According to the SSA, cancer is a qualifying medical condition, but even Mississippi applicants who have valid claims may find that it is difficult to get rightful benefits.

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