Workers’ Comp Danger!  Beware of the Snake In the Grass!

Why should you file a workers’ compensation claim if your employer is paying for your medical needs?  Mississippi workers’ compensation laws require a claim to be filed within one year of a denial of benefits or within two years of the the last medical bill paid.  If an injured worker fails to file within these times, their claim is likely lost forever and all benefits may be lost.  

We recently got a call from an injured worker who was injured over two years ago.  His employer paid for medicals, but  no formal claim was filed.  The worker thought everything was fine until the two years passed and the employer quit paying for medicals.  We filed and argued a motion to try to help this worker out.  However, the statute of limitations had passed and the judge ruled against us.  Luckily, we were able to find a legal loop hole for this worker and will likely get his benefits going again.  But that is  not the case for all situations.  

If you have a valid workers’ compensation claim, it is always best to hire a lawyer to file a formal claim so that the above situation does not affect you.  Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurance companies do not have the injured workers’ best interest at heart.  To them it is all about the bottom line.  So please contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have a work related injury.   

Kevin

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill