Recovery & Return Award

Nominations now accepted!

The Recovery & Return Award is presented annually to a worker injured on the job in Mississippi that has demonstrated exceptional motivation to obtain physical recovery and return to the productive workforce.


This award is presented to acknowledge the fundamental purpose of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law: to restore injured workers to health and vocational opportunity; and to recognize excellent effort by an injured worker to achieve those goals.

Award Criteria

•Worker injured on the job in Mississippi that has obtained physical recovery (MMI) and returned to employment
•Worker demonstrated exceptional motivation in complying with medical treatment and focus on speedy recovery
•Worker demonstrated desire and willingness to return to work in all medically approved capacities
•Worker maintained meaningful communication with employer regarding recovery progress and desire for return to work in accommodated or other capacity

Award Determination

Any worker injured in Mississippi is eligible for award nomination. The process is begun by completing an application from the MWCEA website. All applications are reviewed by a MWCEA panel of at least five judges. Judges may not participate in scoring if their own organization has submitted entries. Entries are rated and scored in each area of the award criteria on a scale of 1-10.

The winning entry will be announced at the annual Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association’s annual conference/meeting in April each year and will hold that status until the next year. The winner will provide a program at the MWCEA
conference of its unique application of work comp effectiveness with a presentation up to 5 minutes.

February 1 – Completion of online application
March 15 – Completion of judging and panel determination
April MWCEA Conference – Presentation of Award and Winner Acknowledgment