If you have a Mississippi work injury, your only legal remedy is through the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation system. This means you can not sue your employer in the traditional fashion. The benefit to this is that it does not matter if the injury was your fault or whether it was caused by your employer’s negligence. You are still entitled to benefits. https://rundlettlawfirm.com/post/who-can-i-sue-if-injured-at-work
The workers’ compensation insurance company can still fight your claim, delay payments, delay approvals of treatments, or not pay mileage, but you are still entitled. This is why you may want to talk to an attorney who is experienced with workers’ compensation laws.
What if your work boot laces are untied and you trip over them causing injury while on the job? It’s covered by workers’ comp.
What if you are driving to a sales call and start texting while driving and have a one car accident? It’s covered by workers’ comp. (Side note, please don’t text and drive).
What if you get into a fight with a co-worker while at work and are injured? It’s covered by workers’ comp.
What if you are a truck driver and you fall asleep at the wheel and have an accident? It’s covered by workers’ comp. Traffic related work injuries are one of the highest causes of work related deaths in Mississippi. https://www.bls.gov/regions/southeast/news-release/2020/pdf/fatalworkinjuries_mississippi_20200225.pdf
One caveat to the forgoing is that intoxication can not be the cause of your injury. If the insurance company and your employer can prove that intoxication (of any type) was the cause, the employer may be able to get out of paying your benefits.
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