Workers’ Compensation Knee Injuries
In 2015, 1,121 workers sustained an injury to one or both of their knees. That makes knee injuries one of the most common injuries sustained by Mississippi workers, accounting for 10.37% of all injuries. Workers’ Compensation knee injuries can happen to Mississippi workers in a wide range of jobs.
On-the-job knee injuries vary in severity. Some individuals have a strain that is treated with anti-inflammatories and goes away. Other hurt workers, may have a lateral or medial meniscus tear requiring surgery followed by physical therapy. No matter how severe a knee injury is, you may be entitled to compensation.
Knee Injuries are Considered Leg Injuries
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law classifies a knee injury as a scheduled member. Scheduled members are your arms, legs, hands, fingers, and toes. The law assigns a number of weeks, 175 for a leg, which is then multiplied by the injured worker’s compensation rate to produce their maximum benefit amount.
For a shoulder injury occurring in 2016, the maximum compensation an injured worker could obtain is $82,010.25. That does not include future medical treatment. Neither does it include pain and suffering, which cannot be obtained under Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law.
If you are hurt on the job and have a knee injury, you are highly encouraged to put your full effort into recovery. Failure to do so could diminish the value of your claim.
Which Doctor You Choose Matters
You have the right to go to the Doctor of your choice, but only once. The opinion of the injured worker’s treating physician carries great weight in workers’ compensation cases. Often when a doctor places an injured worker at maximum medical improvement (MMI) he or she will assign an impairment rating. That rating is weighted heavily along with the injured worker’s participation in treatment when evaluating a claim.
While no workers’ compensation Lawyer can accurately predict the value of your claim when you are injured, an experienced workers’ compensation Lawyer can guide you through the process. That includes discussing how your doctor’s current reports relate to your claim along with the best and worst legal outcomes.
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571 US-51, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Original content by: Attorney Joey Franks of The Franks Law Firm
* Miss. Workers’ Compensation Commiss. Annual Report (2015).
* Miss. Code Ann. §71-3-17.