Alabama Workers Compensation Notice of Job Injury

If you work or were employed in Alabama and you have suffered an on the job injury*, you are most likely entitled to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, but in order to have a valid claim for workers' compensation benefits, it is imperative that the injured worker provide proper notice of their work related injury to their employer.

Often times a worker is not sure if they have suffered a serious injury or just a sprain, so they do not report the injury (providing notice) at first, but only later file a workers' compensation injury report when their pain refuses to go away. We have spoken to numerous people who have called our office after being told by their employer that they had waited too long to report/give notice of a job injury and therefore they are not entitled to any workers' compensation benefits. This is rarely true and is usually an intentional lie.

While it is true that according to Ala.Code ยง25-5-78, an injured workers is supposed to provide written notice of a workplace injury within 5 days of the on-the-job injury, but this section goes on to state that, in Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury. An oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report.

Company policy cannot override law, so if your employer states that "...company policy mandates that all workers' compensation injuries be reported within 2 days of the occurrence of said injury and since you did not do so you are not eligible for workers' compensation benefits " (which several injured workers have called to tell us over the years)-they are lying to you.

Having stated this, it is always best to report a potential job injury as soon as possible.

If you have suffered an on the job injury, but you have been told that you are not entitled to workers compensation benefits because you waited too long to report you injury, don't give up. Contact the Alabama Workers Compensation lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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* also referred to by the following phrases: Injured at Work; Accident at Work, Workplace Injury, Work place accident, Workers' Compensation, Workers' Comp; Work Injury, Work Injuries, On the Job Injury, Injuries on the Job or Injured at Work.

Alabama Workers Compensation Notice of Job Injury