In Mississippi, you can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured on the job, if you develop an occupational illness, and if that injury or illness requires medical care and/or prevents you from working. You don’t need to prove that your employer is at fault, you simply need to establish that the injury or illness was work-related. Workers’ compensation attorneys handle these claims every day and can easily make sure your claim is approved quickly so you can focus on your recovery.
How Do You Qualify for Social Security Benefits?
The Social Security Administration keeps a medical guide with a long list of medical conditions and criteria that will qualify a person for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you’re suffering from one of these conditions, and it’s expected to last for at least one year or result in death, you could be eligible for Social Security Benefits. You will likely need to present documents from your doctor that substantiate your claim. In addition to establishing your disability, you’ll also need to have accumulated a set number of work credits to qualify you for SSD benefits. The process of applying and getting approved for Social Security benefits can be long and complicated, but a social security attorney can ensure you file every form correctly and on time.
Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability at the Same Time?
Mississippi law does allow you to receive workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time, your Social Security Disability payments will be drastically reduced, to the point that your combined benefits will remain less than 80% of your wage when you were working. Attempting to collect two different disability benefits at the same time can be a complex process. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you pursue the full benefits you’re eligible for from workers’ compensation and Social Security.
Do I Really Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Thousands of people are denied benefits every day. Denial is often due to a lack of information needed to establish eligibility, so clearing up the dispute can sometimes require submitting additional information or correcting clerical errors. Other times, an appeal could be needed. This process is long and usually involves a hearing in front of a judge. Whether you’re applying for the first time or you’ve been denied, you should speak to an attorney who has extensive experience handling these specific types of claims. A knowledgeable attorney from Rundlett Law Firm, PLLC can help you understand your legal rights and fight for the full amount of benefits you deserve. Contact us at 601-353-8504 to schedule a free consultation today.