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Workers' Compensation: Mississippi

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole H. Farley, Fisher Phillips.


  • All Mississippi employers that are covered by the Workers' Compensation Law are required to post the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Notice of Coverage in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • Most Mississippi employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, which is financed by the employer and should be made available to eligible employees for covered injuries without regard to fault. See Covered Employers.
  • Most individuals are covered by workers' compensation, with few exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • Injuries and occupational illnesses arising out of and in the course of employment are considered compensable. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Workers' compensation pays for all medical services as well as pharmaceuticals, supplies, hospital treatment, and orthopedic appliances. See Medical Benefits.
  • Workers' compensation pays an injured employee for loss of wages and other benefits, based on average weekly wages. See Other Benefits.
  • Mississippi courts have declined to take action against employers that allegedly terminate employees for filing workers' compensation claims. See Retaliation and Interference.
  • Disputed claims are processed through a system administered by the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission. See Dispute and Administrative Proceedings.