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.
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.
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:
Qualifying injured workers are those with:
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.
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.
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.
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.