SEC. 71-3-49. Enforcement of payment in default.
(1) In case of default by the employer in the payment of any compensation due under an award for the period of thirty (30) days after payment is due and payable or, where the employer has failed to secure the payment of compensation to his employees as required, where there is such default in payment for a period of ten (10) days after same is due, any party in interest may file with the county clerk for the county in which the injury occurred or the county in which the employer has his principal place of business a certified copy of the decision of the commission awarding compensation or ending, diminishing or increasing compensation previously awarded, from which no appeal has been taken within the time allowed therefor or, if an appeal has been taken by an employer who has not complied with the provisions of Section 71-3-75, where he fails to deposit with the commission the amount of the award as security for its payment within ten (10) days after same is due and payable, and thereupon judgment must be entered in the circuit court by the clerk of such county in conformity therewith immediately upon the filing of such decision. If the payment in default be an installment, the commission may declare the entire award due and judgment may be entered in accordance with the provisions of this section. Such judgment shall be entered in the same manner, have the same effect, and be subject to the same proceedings as though rendered in a suit duly heard and determined by the circuit court, except that no appeal may be taken therefrom. The court shall vacate or modify such judgment to conform to any later award or decision of the commission upon presentation of a certified copy of such award or decision. The award may be so compromised by the commission as in its discretion may best serve the interest of the persons entitled to receive the compensation or benefits. Neither the commission nor any party in interest shall be required to pay any fee to any public officer for filing or recording any paper or instrument or for issuing a transcript of any judgment executed in pursuance of this section.
(2) In case of default by a self-insurer in payment of any compensation due under an award where the default is due to the insolvency of the self-insurer, the claimant may file a claim based on the award with the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Self-insurer Guaranty Association, pursuant to the rules and regulations of said association, as established and provided for in Sections 71-3-151 through 71-3-181.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 6998-25; laws, 1948, ch. 354, Sec. 19; reenacted without change, 1982, ch. 473, Sec. 25; 1988, ch. 554, Sec. 17; reenacted without change, 1990, ch. 405, Sec. 26, eff from and after July 1, 1990.