When workers are injured on the job in Mississippi, they may wonder what to do. Workers’ compensation benefits provide important protections for injured workers or workers suffering from an occupational illness and because of how important they are, workers need to be familiar with them.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers and their families with medical care and medical care costs. Additionally, workers’ compensation benefits can help with temporary partial disability, permanent partial disability or permanent total disability. Each case is different so it is important for injured workers to be familiar with the different workers’ compensation options that are available to them. Additionally, death benefits may be available to surviving family members when a loved one has been killed in a fatal workplace accident.
In addition to understanding the different types of benefits that may be available, injured workers should be familiar with the rules and requirements associated with workers’ compensation benefits. Employers in Mississippi who have greater than 5 employees are required to provide workers’ compensation with limited exceptions. After an employee has missed 5 days of work, the employer has 10 days to file a report concerning the workplace injury. Additionally, the employee has 30 days to provide notice of a workplace injury to their employer and 2 years to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help Mississippi workers and their families through a difficult time. As a result, it is critical for injured workers and their families to be familiar with what workers’ compensation benefits do and how to obtain them.