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Mississippi Workers Compensation - Employee Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Mississippi

Mississippi Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Injured Mississippi workers are provided with all reasonable and necessary health care treatment related for a work injury without limitations on time or cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Mississippi-

  • The employer shall select competent physicians, hospitals, and other attendance or treatment and immediately furnish such services, including all emergency services, to the injured employee. The injured employee shall have the right to accept the services furnished by the employer or, in his discretion, to select one (1) competent physician of his choosing and such other specialists to whom he is referred by his chosen physician to administer medical treatment according to the guidelines set forth in Mississippi Code Annotated section 71-3-15 (1) (1972), as amended. Such physician(s) selected by the employer or the employee, including any authorized referral, shall be located in an area reasonably convenient to the place of the injury or the residence of the injured employee, and the medical services shall be reasonably suited to the nature of the injury.
  • The employer may have the injured employee examined by a physician of its choice for the purpose of evaluating temporary or permanent disability or medical treatment being rendered.

Mississippi Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $25.
    • Maximum weekly payment is 66 2/3 percent of the Mississippi state average weekly wage, $398.93.
    • Maximum number of payments is limited to 450 weeks.
    • Total payable amount for disability is $179,518.50.
    • Note:
      • Current Mississippi state average weekly wage is: $598.37.
      • There is a five day waiting period after an injury before benefits begin. Compensation is retroactive and the first five days are paid for if the period of injury is more than 14 days.

    • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
      • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
      • Minimum weekly payment is $25.
      • Maximum weekly payment is 66 2/3 percent of the Mississippi state average weekly wage, $398.93.
      • Maximum number of payments is limited to 450 weeks.
      • Total payable amount for disability is $179,518.50.

    • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
      • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers wage.
      • Minimum weekly payment is none.
      • Maximum weekly payment is 66 2/3 percent of the Mississippi state average weekly wage, $398.93.
      • Total payable amount for disability is $179,518.50.
      • Note:
        • Non-scheduled injuries the maximum period of payments is 450 weeks and the maximum amount payable is 179,518.50.


Mississippi Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • If the injury causes death, the Workers' Compensation Law guarantees the payment of benefits to any surviving spouse and certain surviving dependents. These benefits are payable at least every 14 days, and may continue for up to 450 weeks after the decedent's death. These benefits equal a certain percentage of the deceased worker's average weekly wage, and are subject to a weekly maximum amount set by statute. Also, the employer or its insurance carrier is obligated to pay up to $2,000.00 in funeral expenses, as well as an immediate lump sum payment of $250.00 to the surviving spouse.


Mississippi Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney fees are allowed. They may be agreed fees between the attorney and injured Mississippi worker but have to be approved by the commission, up to 24%. Fees are also capped by statute. Refer to Mississippi state code for these limitations.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the links below. It will take you directly to the state web pages containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.mwcc.state.ms.us/
http://www.mwcc.state.ms.us/INFO/WCFacts2008.pdf



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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