Alabama Workers Compensation Information

Alabama Workers Compensation Information

The Mobile Alabama law firm of Boteler, Finley & Wolfe has a free publication available for injured workers who have questions about Alabama Workers Compensation laws and benefits. On the Job Injuries: A Guide for Injured Workers – Alabama edition provides detailed information about many aspects of the Workers Compensation laws in Alabama. Written by top rated personal injury attorney Mark Wolfe, the guide provides a quick and easy to read summary of Alabama workers compensation laws as well as practical pointers and suggestions. Below is an Annotated table of Contents for this free publication. To get your copy call Boteler, Finley & Wolfe toll free at 1 866 975-7766 or for a digital version complete with resource hyperlinks, e-mail Mark Wolfe at mark@bfw-lawyers.com and put Guide for Injured Workers in the subject line. FREE CONSULTATIONS ALSO AVAILABLE.

On the Job Injuries: A Guide for Injured Workers – Alabama edition  Annotated Table of Contents

CH I. A Quick Summary of Alabama Workers Compensation Laws. Provides a quick and easy to read summary of Alabama workers compensation laws to help injured workers get a basic understanding of the wage and medical benefits available to them after being injured on the job.

CH II. On the Job Injury – Defined. Covers the basic definition of an “on the job injury” and discusses reporting requirements for an on the job injury. This section also provides practical advice and recommendations to help report and document an on the job injury.

CH III. Benefits Available to Injured Workers. Discusses the difference between a scheduled and non-scheduled injury. Discusses the lost wage benefits available to injured workers and how benefits are calculated. It reviews the medical benefits afforded to injured workers. Also, discusses and reviews death benefits available to family members. Covers vocational retraining benefits.

CH IV. Occupational Disease, Exposure Claims and Repetitive Injury Claims. Covers the definition of occupational disease and exposure claims and which includes injuries such as repetitive motion injuries. Defines legal and medical causation for these claims.

CH V. Injured Workers Rights. Discusses some of the basic rights of injured workers under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.

CH VI. Hiring an Attorney. Discusses factors for injured workers to consider such as when to consult with an attorney and when to consider hiring an attorney to assist with a workers compensation claim. Also covers the prescribed contingency fees authorized for attorneys under the Alabama Workers Compensation Act.

CH VII. Practical Pointers and Suggestions. Provides injured workers with some practical suggestions related to workers compensation claims.

CH VIII. Resources and References. Provides injured workers with helpful resources and references related to a job related injury claim.

To get your copy call Boteler, Finley & Wolfe toll free at 1 866 975-7766 or for a digital version complete with resource hyperlinks, e-mail Mark Wolfe at mark@bfw-lawyers.com and put Guide for Injured Workers in the subject line. FREE CONSULTATIONS ALSO AVAILABLE.

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Medical Causation Often Overlooked in Personal Injury Claims

No matter the type of personal injury –  automobile accident claim, worker’s compensation claim, longshoreman’s claim, slip and fall claim, or product liability claim – an often overlooked legal issue is medical causation.  In any personal injury case, the burden is on the injured person to establish the incident/accident caused or was the contributing cause of the injury.  Said another way, proof that an injury “could have” or “possibly” resulted from an incident/accident does not meet an injured’s legal burden.  Instead, it is necessary the evidence reflect that the injury “more than likely” or “ to a reasonable degree of medical certainty” resulted from the incident/accident.  While typically this “test” requires the testimony of a doctor, the courts often look at the full context of all the lay and expert witnesses’ testimony before determining whether the injured person has met his/her burden.  This said, in a majority of personal injury cases in the southeast, testimony from the injured’s treating physician is often sought to satisfy the medical causation “test.”  As a consequence, it is important, if not critical, for the injured person to be patient and forthright with his/her treating physician.  Additionally, it is important to explain the mechanism of injury to the doctor early on so that the provider’s records provide a date certain the incident/accident causing the injury occurred.