Alabama Workers Compensation Law

Introduction to Alabama Workers Compensation Law

When we first meet with prospective clients and explain the limitations incorporated in Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute, most people are not pleased with the law, but after providing a very brief history of the workers' compensation system, most people have a better appreciation for both the benefits of, and problems with, workers' compensation laws.

Workers' compensation claims are not like other personal injury claims. In most personal injury claims, a person can ask a jury for money to cover a multitude of things, including pain and suffering. For the most part, these damages are not available to Alabama workers who are injured while performing their job duties. As will be discussed later, workers injured in Alabama are restricted to recovery based upon the Alabama Workers' Compensation Statute.

We could not count the number of times we have had a client come into our office who was injured at work but was informed that workers' comp was refusing to accept liability because, 20 years earlier, the worker had hurt the same body part while playing high school baseball or in an automobile accident.

If you can do your job duties and a job accident worsens an underlying condition, then workers' compensation has to pick up your claim for the worsened condition. We have had discussions with insurance adjusters such as the one in which the adjuster attempted to explain that our client's leg injury was really related to the fracture he suffered playing high school football and not due to the fall from a roof top he suffered at work. If you hear this "defense" from an insurance adjuster, you are most likely being given the run-around, and it is time to get a lawyer, if you have not already done so.

Alabama Workers Compensation Law

Powell and Denny

We work when you can't