Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorney

All workers in Mississippi have a right to a safe work environment. Workplace accidents are, however, far too common. Accidents in the workplace result in thousands of injuries each year, putting workers at risk of lost wages, high medical bills, and a lifetime of pain.

If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to indemnity (weekly compensation checks) and medical treatment and services. Workers' Compensation is a law designed to financially protect workers while they recover from on-the-job injuries.

At Ben Bowden, PC, we help workers just like you obtain a variety of benefits for on-the-job injuries from accidents, such as back injuries, burn injuries, head injuries, hearing/vision loss, fractures, knee injuries, loss of limb, muscle and ligament damage, occupational illnesses, repetitive stress injuries, shoulder injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. 

Backed by over 30 years of experience, Mr. Bowden has a proven history of protecting the rights of injured workers. Workplace injury cases often requires viewing a client’s world from every angle and forging connections between medical complications, job sites, technical and mechanical malfunctions, and workplace hierarchies. Contact our office today to discuss your case. We will listen to your story, learn about your injury and work history, and help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need to support yourself and your family.

What Happens When You are Injured at Work?

The Mississippi workplace injury and worker's compensation laws require employers to pay for all necessary medical treatment and disability benefits based on your loss of wage earning capacity. Most employers have workers' compensation insurance policies to cover these damages. However, sometimes the insurer may refuse to pay for the claim. That is when an experienced workers compensation attorney can help.

At Ben Bowden, P.C, we don't take insurers’ opinions at face value. We understand that they may want you to return to work as soon as possible to undermine your worker's compensation rights. Sometimes they may cite irregularities in your claim, but our experienced lawyers will help you handle the case. We will evaluate your case, negotiate with the insurer, and even represent you in court if necessary.

Our Workers’ Compensation Clients

Thousands of Mississippi workers incur workplace-related injuries resulting from exposure to hazardous chemicals, falls, and other site accidents every year. These cases are often followed by compensation claims and lawsuits, which could be too complex for the victims to navigate without the help of an attorney. 

Our clients are commonly employed in forestry and logging, manufacturing, transportation, international shipping, the intracoastal waterways, and further into international waters. With such diverse industries, the types of accidents can also be varied; exposure to chemicals, fires, burns, explosions, falling from heights, and coming-and-going incidents are only a few limited examples.

We have represented clients in major industries across Mississippi, such as:

  • Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding and VT Halter Marine Shipyard in Pascagoula
  • Chevron Pascagoula Refinery
  • The Port of Pascagoula
  • The Port of Gulfport
  • Various Maritime Commerce Operations
  • Trucking and Class I rail services
  • Enviva Corporation’s pellet mill
  • Amazon’s regional distribution center
  • Various retail stores, supermarkets, and other work sites
  • Plant and Refinery Accidents
  • Oil Rig Explosions
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Oilfield Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Platform Accidents
  • Mississippi River Injuries
  • Gulf of Mexico Injuries
  • Logging
  • Warehouse
  • Pellet Mills

Qualifying injured workers are those with:

  • Temporary total disability
  • Temporary partial disability 
  • Permanent total disability
  • Permanent partial disability
  • Injuries requiring medical treatment

Your Workers’ Compensation Act

No matter your job, the law guarantees monetary benefits to injured employees to cover the loss of income, pain, or medical bills incurred after a workplace injury. The law also requires compensation of dependents whose loved ones died due to workplace-related accidents. Depending on your place of employment, your compensation benefits will fall under one of these specific Workers’ Compensation Acts: 

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act

The Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act covers any non-federal worker employed in the state of Mississippi, from Walmart cashiers to casino employees. 

Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

This Act is designed to offer medical benefits and lost income compensation to employees who suffer injuries while on navigable waters and surrounding areas like shipyards, terminals, and docks. It covers longshore workers, maintenance specialists, ship loaders, port workers, stevedores, and fixed oil rig workers.

Federal Workers’ Compensation Act

The Federal Employees' Compensation Act demands compensation for workers with all work-related illnesses and occupational injuries. Some of the benefits include payment of medical bills, vocational and medical rehabilitation, and survivor benefits.

At Ben Bowden P.C, we will advise you on your workplace injury compensation rights and represent you in court without taking shortcuts. Whether you work as a full-time, contracted, or casual employee, we’ve got you covered.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Workplace Injury?

Undoubtedly, an insurance company can dispute your claim, and the only option you have is to gather evidence and challenge the insurer's position. This process is complex since it may involve finding expert witnesses, requesting a medical examination, or taking dispositions. When deciding which attorney to hire, it is critical that you hire an attorney with specific experience with workplace injuries. At Ben Bowden, P.C, we have represented workers just like you in workers compensation claims, helping them get the compensation that they deserve. 

What Should You Do if You're Injured at Work?

The first thing to do is immediately inform your supervisor and seek medical attention. Your employer may send you to their medical professionals, but you have the right to choose your physician and do not have to accept your employer’s choice. The next step is to file a compensation claim. If your claim is disputed, or the employer doesn't have compensation insurance coverage, contact a reputable Mississippi workplace injury attorney like Ben Bowden, P.C., to advise you further.

Need to Hire a Reputable Workplace Injury Attorney in Gulfport or Lucedale, MS? Get in Touch

At Ben Bowden, P.C., we take work injury claims seriously, and we won't rest until you get your rightful compensation. Please get in touch with us online or give us a direct call at (228) 896-5652 to access our unparalleled legal assistance.

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Mr. Bowden has been a very good choice for us. He's taken care of things when we didn't have any idea where to turn. We highly recommend him.

Former Client | Personal Injury

Ben was awesome to work with. His assistant was able to address most of my questions during my case. Ben always found time to explain in layman’s terms how the court process worked. We won the case.

Former client

Mr. Bowden handled my workers' compensation case through trial and won big. He then filed a bad-faith case on the way my workers' compensation claim was wrongfully handled by the insurance company. I didn't even know I had that claim before he told me. I highly recommend Mr. Bowden. He took it to the other side at trial.

Former client | Workers Compensation

Ben has handled things for me for years. He has always done a great job. He comes to Lucedale to meet and that's been important to me.

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BridgeWater Commons
8927 Lorraine Rd, Suite 204-B
Gulfport, MS 39503
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398 Ratliff Street
Lucedale, MS 39452
Tel: 228.896.5652
Fax: 228.896.5689
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