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Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Lifetime Medical Benefits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Lifetime Medical Benefits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Lifetime Medical Benefits: Alabama's Workers' Compensation law states that your employer's workers compensation insurance carrier is responsible for paying for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to a work injury for the rest of your life. Should you settle your case, or try it and the court rules in your favor, workers' comp will have to continue paying for your reasonable and necessary medical treatment. You will still need to see the authorized treating physician, so you are not free to see whomever you wish, but as long as the treatment is still related to your on the job injury, workers comp will have to pay for your treatment, including future surgeries, therapy and medication.

If you have another accident which worsens your condition, then your right to future medical treatment will most likely be terminated.

You do have the option of asking the court to approve a settlement of your right to future medical treatment, in which for money you waive any right to further treatment through workers' compensation. This is not something to be done without serious thought, as you are never sure what the future may bring and your personal health insurance carrier or Medicare/Medicaid may refuse to pay for treatment which should have been covered under a workers' compensation claim. If you are thinking of closing your right to lifetime medical benefits, think long and hard and discuss your thoughts with an experienced Alabama Workers Compensation attorney, because once you have settled these rights, you cannot go back and change your mind.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation statute, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Lifetime Medical Benefits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to see another doctor

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to see another doctor

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to see another doctor: If you have suffered a serious injury and are receiving costly treatment from your treating physician, chances are that at some point you will be contacted by workers comp and told that you have to see another doctor (called an independent medical examination or IME). It is not because the doctor caring for you has done anything wrong, but because comp doesn't like paying the medical bills associated with your treatment. So, what are your rights when workers comp tries to force you to see another doctor?

If surgery has been requested, then the workers compensation carrier has a right to have you see another physician (as do you if you wish to have a second opinion). In this situation, if the treating doctor has recommended surgery and you agree with their diagnosis, then even if the IME physician gives another opinion, chances are that the judge in your case will side with the doctor who has actually seen and treated you. If surgery is not an issue, then you are under no obligation to see attend an independent medical examination and we strongly recommend that you do not see the IME doctor, as the comp carrier is most likely only trying to create some uncertainty in your case so they can use it to their advantage. Make no mistake, the workers compensation insurance carrier is not wanting you to see another doctor because they believe it is in your best interest.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area), you have suffered a job injury and out of nowhere the workers compensation insurance carrier has contacted you and is trying to force you to see some other doctor, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to see another doctor

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Benefits for family of worker killed on the job

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Benefits for family of worker killed on the job

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Benefits for family of worker killed on the job: If you have a loved one who dies as the result of an on the job injury, we are sorry for your loss. We understand that no amount of money can ever come close to making up for your loss, but you are entitled to some compensation which can help you and your family with your expenses.

In Alabama, if a workplace accident causes, or is a causative factor, in the death of a worker, and the death occurs within 3 years of the date of the workplace injury (although this date may be stretched longer by payment of disability compensation while the worker was still alive), then dependents of the deceased worker are entitled to certain death benefits. Beneficiaries are those who were totally dependent upon the decedent, or partially dependent upon them for support. Death benefits are payable over 500 weeks absent an agreed to lump sum settlement (if the employer paid compensation for disability benefits prior to death, then the employer is entitled to a credit for monies paid). Moreover, in the event of the death of the injured employee, the employer shall be responsible for paying an amount not exceeding $3,000 toward the burial expenses. This liability is not reduced by reason of private burial insurance carried by the deceased.

Depending on the facts, you may also be able to pursue other legal remedies.

If a loved one lost their life as the result of a job injury in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), and you have questions about your rights, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Benefits for family of worker killed on the job

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Placed at MMI

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Placed at MMI

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Placed at MMI: You suffered a job injury, reported it to your employer and began receiving your workers compensation benefits. Now, after months of treatment, your treating physician has placed you at MMI (maximum medical improvement); What now?

The first thing you should know is that your right to temporary total disability benefits (ttd) will automatically cease. This is because the doctor is saying that any disability you now have is permanent, and therefore if you have a permanent injury, you would be entitled to permanent partial impairment (ppi) benefits or permanent total disability (ptd) benefits.

However, just because one doctor states there is nothing further to be done which can reasonably be expected to improve you condition does mean that this is true. Many times over the years we have had a client placed a maximum medical improvement by a company doctor, yet our client insists that something is still wrong. In these circumstances, if you have not yet used your right to a Panel of Four, you may still exercise said right and request a new doctor to take a look at you. It is not uncommon for another doctor to examine the injured worker and opine that further treatment (including surgery) is needed. If this happens, then your right to ttd benefits will resume until you are again placed at mmi.

Once you do reach maximum medical improvement, then it is time to find out if you have sustained a permanent injury. If you have, then you are entitled to monetary compensation for said permanent injury and you are also entitled to lifetime future medical treatment for said injury. How much depends on the fact of each independent case.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation laws, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Placed at MMI

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Employer cannot accommodate restrictions

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Employer cannot accommodate restrictions

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Employer cannot accommodate restrictions. You have suffered a job injury, you have informed your employer of this fact and you are now receiving your workers compensation benefits, including our right to medical treatment. Typically, if you have suffered a serious injury, the treating physician will give you physical restrictions and inform you that if your employer can accommodate these restrictions, you can try to go back to work. What happens when your employer informs you that they cannot accommodate your work restrictions?

If you are unable to perform your job duties and your employer cannot (or will not) accommodate your physical restrictions, then you are entitled to temporary total disability benefits (ttd) after missing three days at work (if you miss more than 21 days, you are entitled to ttd covering the initial 3 days). TTD benefits are 2/3rd of your average weekly wage and are payable to you during the time of your recovery while you can't work or until your employer can accommodate your restrictions. Temporary total disability benefits are payable only during your recovery period. Once you reach maximum medical improvement (mmi), the question is whether you have suffered a permanent injury. If you have, then you are entitled to monetary compensation for the extent of your permanent injury, with the right to live time medical treatment for said injuries.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation laws, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Employer cannot accommodate restrictions

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to use Sick Time for doctor visits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to use Sick Time for doctor visits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to use Sick Time for doctor visits: We speak with a lot of workers who have suffered job injuries, and it is not unusual to hear an injured worker who is still working complain that they are forced to use sick time or personnel leave time in order to visit their workers comp doctor or attend physical therapy. They are understandably upset that they are being forced to use the sick leave that they have accrued in order to receive treatment for their job injury; it just doesn't seem fair.

If you are working and have to leave in order to seek medical treatment, you do not have to use your sick leave. You are entitled to temporary partial disability benefits (tpd) for the time you miss from work in order to seek medical treatment. TPD benefits are 2/3rd of the wages you do not receive during the time you are away from work receiving treatment. Your personnel leave time does not have to be sacrificed in order to receive the treatment you need in order to recover from the effects of your job injury.

If you are being misled about your leave time, what else are you being misled about?

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), you have suffered a job injury and you have been told that you have to use your sick leave in order to seek reasonably necessary medical treatment and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Comp laws, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Compensation lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY with your questions.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Forced to use Sick Time for doctor visits

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Moving to Another State

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Moving to Another State

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Moving to Another State: It is not uncommon for one of our workers compensation lawyers to speak with an injured worker who is concerned about their workers comp case because they are moving out of State. They are understandably concerned about how they will continue to receive their medical treatment if they have to move out of the area. We are quick to let them know that it does not matter where you move to in the United States (I haven't had a client move to another country, so I haven't dealt with that issue, but something could might be able to be worked out as well). If you end up moving to another State, then after being informed of where you are now residing, workers' comp will find you an authorized treating physician in your area.

Furthermore, regardless of where you move to, your worker compensation case will continue to be governed under the Alabama workers compensation system. Our firm has handled numerous cases where the injured worker lives in another State, or where the injured worker had moved to another State. We continue to pursue your case here, while you work on getting better and starting your new life. With telephones, faxes and the internet, it is easy to keep in contact.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area*), you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation laws, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer Moving to Another State

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer What Should I Expect

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer What Should I Expect

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer What Should I Expect? If you work in the Metro Huntsville area* and you have suffered a job injury, you probably have heard about workers compensation benefits, but you probably aren't sure what they are or what to do next. First-make sure that you have notified your employer that you have suffered a job injury and need medical treatment. Telling your boss that you had a job accident is not enough, you must let them know that you believe that you suffered an injury and need medical treatment.

Next, you should realize that it is doubtful that you will find the workers compensation system "fair." It doesn't seem fair that after suffering a job injury making your employer money, you are limited to 2/3rds of your average weekly wage during the time you are off work and recovering from your job injury. It doesn't feel right that you have to see the doctor the workers compensation insurance carrier wants you to see instead of a doctor you have a relationship with. However, prior to passage of our workers compensation laws, unless your employer was somehow negligent and somehow caused you injury, the injured worker was left with nothing.

Also, you should realize that the workers comp adjuster and case nurse manager are not your friends. Their job is not to worry about you or fight to ensure you get the best medical treatment and most money possible; their job is to ensure the workers compensation insurance carrier spends as little money as possible.

In a workers compensation claim, you are entitled to several benefits, of primary importance is your right to medical treatment. If you have to miss more than 3 days from work as the result of your job injury, you are entitled to temporary total disability benefits (ttd)-this is 2/3rds of your average weekly wage. If you incurred a permanent injury as the result of your job injury, you are entitled to compensation for your permanent injury and you are also entitled to have your employer pay for your reasonably necessary medical treatment for the rest of your life as long as your condition is not made worse by some intervening accident.

If you work in Huntsville, Alabama (or anywhere in the Madison County area), you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation laws, don't hesitate to contact the experienced Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyers at POWELL AND DENNY. We will work hard to help you achieve the best result possible in your case.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, AL

* includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.

Huntsville Workers Comp Lawyer What Should I Expect

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights Do I have a right to a settlement

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights Do I have a right to a settlement

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights Do I have a right to a settlement of my workers compensation claim? Briefly, NO, you do not have a right to a settlement of your Alabama workers compensation claim. While in the vast majority of the cases a settlement is reached between the parties, you are not "entitled" to a settlement. A settlement is an agreement, a meeting of the minds between the injured worker and their employer. In the case of a serious injury, or where the workers compensation insurance carrier is adamant about denying liability, a settlement is just not realistic. In those instances, it is important to have an experienced Birmingham Job Injury lawyer representing your best interests.

Both Mr. Powell and Mr. Denny have over 20 years of experience handling Alabama workers compensation cases, and both have taken numerous cases before the courts

If you have a difficult workers compensation case, it is important to choose an experienced workers compensation attorney, and not someone who handles a comp case every now and then in addition to their slip and fall cases. At Powell and Denny, we have placed an emphasis on handling workers compensation cases for our entire career, and we would appreciate the opportunity to help you in getting the best results possible in your case.

If you work in the Metro Birmingham AL area*, you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation Statue, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced Birmingham Job Injury attorneys at POWELL AND DENNY.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Huntsville, Alabama

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights Do I have a right to a settlement

* includes Fairfield, Bessemer, Hueytown, Center Point, Leeds, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Alabaster, Pelham, Tarrant City, Gardendale, Fultondale, Adamsville, Sterrett, Roebuck, Trussville, Springville, Kimberly, Hayden, Morris, Mt. Olive, Sayre, Summiton, Adger, McCalla, Helena, Westover, Graysville, Pinson, Montevallo and everywhere in between.

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights I am Totally Disabled

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights I am Totally Disabled

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights if I am Totally Disabled as the result of my job injury? First off, being totally disabled or permanently disabled does not mean that you are totally helpless. Being totally disabled under the Alabama Workers Compensation system means that, as the result of your job injury, you are no longer capable of performing your job duties and unable to perform other reasonable gainful employment (i.e. work that the worker is suited for given their previously obtained job skills, rate of pay, education, age and education).

For instance, if you have less than a high school education, are getting up in years and have done physically demanding work your entire life, a job injury which prohibits you from doing physical labor may mean that you are totally disabled for workers compensation purposes. If as the result of a job injury, you have suffered mental problems which prevent you from being able to work at a full time level, you would be entitled to permanent disability benefits. If the medication you have to take as the result of a job injury prohibits you from working on a sustained basis, then you would also be entitled to total disability benefits.

Permanent disability benefits entitle you to draw your temporary total disability check (2/3rd of your average weekly wage) for the rest of your life or until your condition improved to the extent you are no longer totally disabled. In addition, workers comp would remain liable for all of your related reasonably necessary medical treatment.

Moreover, if your injury is serious enough to warrant permanent total disability benefits, you may also be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. In such a situation, it is vitally important to have the assistance of an attorney who has experience handling workers compensation and disability claims, as any settlement you agree to can have long lasting effects on any Social Security disability benefits you may be entitled to. In these cases, it is important to have an experienced Birmingham Job Injury and Disability lawyer representing your best interests.

If you work in the Metro Birmingham AL area* and you believe that you are permanently totally disabled as the result of your job injury, contact an attorney with experience handling both workers compensation and social security disability claims, contact Powell and Denny.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't

Offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Huntsville, Alabama

Birmingham Job Injury Lawyer What Are My Rights I am Totally Disabled

* includes Fairfield, Bessemer, Hueytown, Center Point, Leeds, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Alabaster, Pelham, Tarrant City, Gardendale, Fultondale, Adamsville, Sterrett, Roebuck, Trussville, Springville, Kimberly, Hayden, Morris, Mt. Olive, Sayre, Summiton, Adger, McCalla, Helena, Westover, Graysville, Pinson, Montevallo and everywhere in between.

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