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The Wage Replacement Benefit in a Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Claim

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Employer workers’ compensation costs have fallen sharply in recent decades. Worker benefits have fallen sharply as well, to their lowest level since 1980. In other words, while wages have increased, mostly due to inflation, benefits have decreased, again mostly due to inflation. A workplace injury is financially crippling for most families. Typically, the victim’s… Read More »

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Work-Related Spine Injuries: A Closer Look

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

A spine injury is arguably the most devastating workplace injury. The lifelong medical bills and related medical expenses, such as physical changes to a dwelling to accommodate a wheelchair, often approach $5 million. Additionally, many of these victims can no longer work, even if the paralysis is only partial. The bottom line is that… Read More »

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Diagnosing and Treating Work-Related Head Injuries

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

At this very moment, over thirteen million people are living with the effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury. And, job injuries are one of the leading causes of TBIs. Jobsites combine all three major head injury causes. Trauma wounds include being struck by falling objects or debris. Falls often cause head injuries, because the… Read More »

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A Closer Look at Job-Related Hearing Loss

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Hearing loss is one of the most common occupational diseases. Roughly thirty million Americans have hearing loss in both ears. Prolonged exposure to noises as low as 85 decibels, which is basically a school cafeteria, could cause hearing loss. If treated properly and promptly, hearing loss is usually not too severe. But most of… Read More »

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Does Workers’ Compensation Pay for Medical Bills in Louisiana?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

The average injury-related emergency hospital admission costs about $100,000. Serious injuries, like severe burns and back injuries, could easily be ten times this high. Furthermore, this figure does not include many ancillary medical expenses. Transportation costs are a good example. If job injury victims must be airlifted to a nearby hospital, this brief ride… Read More »

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Top Ten Shoulder Pain Causes

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Work-related shoulder pain is one of the most common occupational diseases in Mississippi. Roughly half these patients report serious pain which lasts at least twelve months. Depending on the nature of the condition, treatment for shoulder pain varies widely, from exercises to repeated injections to reconstructive surgery. All these treatments have varying success levels…. Read More »

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What to Expect in a Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Claim

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

For many years, the Grand Bargain between workers and management sped a fair amount of financial relief to injured workers. But now, the workers’ compensation system has become a labyrinthine process dominated by insurance company interests. Making matters worse, the system is woefully underfunded, mostly because of pro-business legislation which has reduced insurance premiums…. Read More »

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Lousiana Emergency Responders, PTSD, and Workers’ Compensation

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

According to some research, about a third of emergency responders struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This means that these workers have a much higher incidence of PTSD than people in the general population. Almost all emergency responders experience symptoms like flashbacks and hypervigilance after they are directly exposed to trauma, witness a traumatic… Read More »

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Three Situations When Workers’ Compensation Is Unavailable

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

In 2018, there were almost three million nonfatal workplace accidents in the United States. This figure does not include occupational diseases, such as breathing problems or hearing loss. Most states have mandatory insurance laws which require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. But as outlined below, many employers do not have a valid policy…. Read More »

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Top Five Non-Injury Shoulder Pain Causes

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Few conditions adversely affect daily life more than chronic shoulder pain. These conditions restrict everything from morning routines to sleeping well at night. Frequently, chronic shoulder pain is also frustrating. Many times, even doctors can do little more than speculate as to the cause. What is known is that non-injury shoulder pain is always… Read More »

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