Job Accident St. Clair County Fatality

If you live in St. Clair County, Alabama* and unfortunately a loved one suffered a fatality as the result of a job accident, we are truly sorry for your loss. Nothing in our workers' compensation statute can every compensate you for your loss and nothing any lawyer does can take away your pain, but our Workers' Compensation Statute does provide for some economic benefits in such a case; benefits your family needs.

On October 20, 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released their study on Alabama Workplace Fatalities in 2009. Unfortunately, 70 workers were killed while performing their job duties in Alabama in 2009, but fortunately this number is the lowest number of work related deaths since tracking began in 1992. The previous low was 100 in 2006; the highest number of on-the-job fatalities was 155 in 1996.

In Alabama, if an on the job injury 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 tolled by payment of disability compensation while the worker was still alive), then dependants of the deceased worker are entitled to certain death benefits. Beneficiaries are those who were totally dependant upon the decedent, or partially dependant upon them for support. Death benefits are payable over 500 weeks absent an agreed to lump sum settlement.

It is important to note that the job accident itself did not have cause the death immediately. Often, due to complications such as blood clots or an already compromised immune system caused by underlying preexisting health problems, the fatality does not occur until days or months later. Often the workers' compensation insurance carrier will argue that the death had no relation to the job accident in an attempt to save themselves money; you do not have to take on this battle alone.

If your loved one worked in St. Clair County, suffered a job accident and later died, don't just let workers' compensation tell you what you are entitled to, contact an experienced Alabama Job Accident attorney at Powell and Denny.

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Job Accident St. Clair County Fatality

* includes the cities and towns of: Argo, Ashville, Branchville, Leeds, Margaret, Moody, Odenville, Pell City, Pinedale Shores, Ragland, Riverside, Springville, Steele, Trussville, Vincent.