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Breaking Down the Lost Wages Benefit in Mississippi

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

In today’s economy, every dime counts. That’s especially true when families must make do with less money because of a workplace injury. Without precise calculation, these reduced wages could be as much as 15 percent lower than they should be. More on this below. Wage replacement is not the only available benefit. No-fault workers’… Read More »

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Top Ten OSHA Violations in Mississippi

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

The number of fatal job injuries has increased significantly since 2017. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is tasked with reducing the number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, this tiny federal agency can only do so much. Frequently, it only issues a citation in response to a serious injury or fatal accident. Nevertheless,… Read More »

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Workplace Head Injuries in Louisiana: A Closer Look

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Since 2006, the number of head injury victims in Louisiana has increased 53 percent. Other workplace injuries, such as broken bones, usually heal, given sufficient time and proper treatment. But head injuries are always permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate. The good news is that brain injuries are usually treatable. A combination… Read More »

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Does Workers’ Compensation Pay Lost Wages in Louisiana?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Payment for lost wages was one of the Grand Bargain’s cornerstones. In this early 1900s agreement, injured workers agreed to give up their right to sue in court if management provided a no-fault insurance system. But this financial pie is shrinking. In fact, management’s contributions to the lost wages repayment fund recently hit a… Read More »

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What Medical Bills Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Doctor bills and other medical expenses stabilized during the Great Recession, but they are on the rise again. Most experts predict that medical inflation will be twice the overall inflation rate for the foreseeable future. Further complicating matters, many health insurance companies do not pay work injury-related medical bills. In Mississippi, workers’ compensation takes… Read More »

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Top Five Occupational Diseases in Mississippi

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Occupational diseases are job-related illnesses which develop slowly over time. That time period could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few decades. Even if the victim had a pre-existing or non-work-related condition which contributed to the occupational disease, full compensation is usually available. The victim must simply show that the pre-existing or… Read More »

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What to Expect in a Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Claim

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Once upon a time, the workers’ compensation system was a streamlined way for job injury victims to obtain compensation for their lost wages and payment for their medical bills. But those days are over. Today, many Louisiana job injury victims wait up to six months for an appeal hearing date. Additionally, benefits payments in… Read More »

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Should I Always File a Comp Claim If I’m Injured at Work?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

In almost all cases, the answer is “yes.” Typically, victims can voluntarily withdraw their claims later, if their attorneys advise them to do so. Additionally, it is illegal to discriminate against people who file workers’ compensation claims. If your employer retaliates against you or takes other adverse action, your employer is in hot water…. Read More »

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Why Should Landscaping Workers Be Concerned About Benzo[a]pyrene?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Lawn mowers, edgers, leaf blowers, and other lawn and garden equipment emit a significant amount of benzo[a]pyrene particles. The mixture of organic material, such as lawn clippings, and extreme heat, like a gasoline engine, creates this chemical. Wood burning produces many benzo[a]pyrene particles, so at very low levels, they are not harmful. But at… Read More »

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Watch Out For These Workers’ Comp Employer Fraud Schemes

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Employee workers’ compensation fraud stories, such as individuals who fake or overstate workplace injuries, usually make the headlines. Yet these incidents only make up about 1 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. Furthermore, authorities deal with these cases swiftly and severely. Employer workers’ compensation fraud, on the other hand, is a much more widespread… Read More »

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