Workers compensation isn’t enough

Published 12:10am Sunday, July 8, 2012

This is for the folks who work for a living in Adams County. The last few years have been a heyday for those who want to limit workers compensation benefits. Reduction of benefits and improper medical attention has resulted in depression, loss of employment and lowered status for those whose only crime was getting hurt on the job.

Here in Mississippi, you cannot file suit against your employer. You are reduced to the whims of the corporations and insurance companies. All you can hope to get is workers compensation, which is little help for a little while and then practically none. Now, with recent law changes, if an injury is aggravated for some reason, you cannot get a second opinion.

I agree there are frivolous claims, but I would tend to believe most workers before I would a “suit” owned by a corporation. I would hope the employee would be treated with respect and dignity but have seldom seen this. We do not want a windfall we just want justice.

Thomas Jefferson stated, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” We are at the mercy of banking, pharmaceutical and insurance companies now. If this continues to exist a working person with viable employment will not.

 

James D. Whittington

Natchez resident