INJURED WORKER’S RIGHTS IN ALABAMA
by Mark Wolfe – Attorney at Law
Boteler Richardson Wolfe – Injury Attorneys
1. You can not be terminated by your employer solely because you make a claim for worker’s compensation benefits.
2. You have a right to receive wage compensation benefits within 30 days after the benefits are determined to be due.
3. You have a right to have all undisputed medical bills paid by your employer, and/or its insurance carrier, within 25 days of submission.
4. Depending on the nature and extent of your injury, you have the right to vocational retraining or vocational rehabilitation if necessary.
5. You have a right to a second medical opinion at the employer’s expense. Upon request, the employer, or its worker’s compensation insurance carrier, must provide you with the names of four other doctors for you to choose from for your second medical opinion.
6. You have a right to have any settlement for wage or medical benefits approved by Court. In most instances, court approval is required.
7. You have a right to free assistance on your worker’s compensation claim from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations via the Omsbudman Program: 1 800 528-5166.
8. You have the right to prosecute your worker’s compensation claim in Court.
9. You have a right to hire your own attorney to assist you in the presentation and/or prosecution of your claim based upon a limited contingency fee. The contingency fees in worker’s compensation claims is limited to 15% plus expenses and is only paid if wage benefits are recovered.
10. You have a right to bring a liability claim or case against a third party responsible for causing your on the job injury. Third party meaning someone other than your employer and/or a co- worker who may have caused your work related injury.
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