Mississippi workers’ compensation News

Prisoner Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Mississippi High Court Rules

A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie …

Mississippi Court Will Hear Electrocution Workers’ Compensation Appeal

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a former Ripley alderman who lost both hands after being electrocuted. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reported that Lonnie Smith was working for the Tippah Electric Power Association when he came in contact …

Mississippi County Employee Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

A Jasper County, Miss., man has been indicted on charges of workers’ compensation fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood said 55-year-old David Myrick Cox, of Louin, surrendered to investigators with his office’s Insurance Integrity Unit at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. …

Mississippi Workers’ Comp Drug Testing, Benefits Changes Go Into Effect

Insurers and employers in Mississippi now have greater latitude to conduct alcohol and drug tests on employees following a workplace accident and reduce benefits for workers with pre-existing conditions. Those changes are among those under updated workers’ compensation laws that …

Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Workers’ Compensation Changes Backed by Employers

Mississippi legislators offered sharply different views of a bill they passed Monday to change the way compensation is awarded to workers injured on the job, or to survivors of those killed at work. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the …

Mississippi Lawmakers Still Weighing Workers’ Compensation Changes

Mississippi senators are considering making more changes to a workers’ compensation bill that sparked controversy in the Legislature this year. Supporters said the bill removes an existing bias toward workers, while opponents say changes would make it harder for workers …

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Bill Goes Back to Senate

The Mississippi House last Thursday advanced a bill to make changes that manufacturers and business groups are seeking in the workers’ compensation system. Senate Bill 2576 passed the House 59-58 and returns to the Senate for more work. Among other …

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Bill Hits Snag in House

A bill that would revise Mississippi’s workers’ compensation system survived attempts to kill it this week, but ended up further away from passage. After earlier rejecting proposed changes to the system of worker injury insurance, House members reversed themselves and …

Mississippi House Sends Workers’ Comp Bill to Senate

Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 last Thursday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which proponents say would balance a system that now unfairly favors workers. …

Mississippi Workers’ Comp Chief Aims to Balance Costs, Fair Treatment

As chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, Liles B. Williams oversees the work of an agency that receives reports of more than 11,000 work-related injuries per year. Williams sees his role as one of trying to control the costs …