Montgomery Workers' Comp Attorney
What Happens After an On-the-Job Injury
Suffering a serious injury on the job can be a devastating experience. It leaves the worker coping with the pain and suffering of the injury, an injury which may or may not fully heal. If the accident causes some type of permanent disability, the worker may never be able to return to the same position, or might even be forced into an early retirement. On top of the fact that the worker is no longer earning a paycheck, he or she may also be facing large bills for medical treatment. Workers' compensation exists to handle this problem.
About Workers' Compensation Claims in Alabama
For more than half a century, all states throughout the country have had some type of workers' compensation law, providing invaluable legal protection for injured workers. In Alabama, any company that employs more than four people is required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance to provide for their needs in the event of an injury on the job. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system, so unlike in a personal injury claim you do not have to prove that your accident was the result of another person's negligence. Provided that you did not willfully cause the accident, you should be entitled to file a claim for benefits.
How much does workers' compensation pay?
If your claim for disability benefits is approved, you can receive full coverage for all medical treatment in relation to your accident. For example, if you hurt your back in a slip and fall accident on a
construction site, you could receive compensation for all your bills for emergency treatment, hospitalization and rehabilitative care. In addition to medical benefits, you can receive wage replacement benefits to help you support your family while you are out of work. Unfortunately, workers' comp benefits are generally limited to two-thirds of the worker's average weekly wages over the past year before the injury, meaning that you could be left struggling to make ends meet. An attorney from our firm can guide you through the process of your claim, working to maximize the value of your benefits and fighting to prevent a wrongful denial of compensation.
If Worker's Comp Benefits Aren't Enough
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim instead of or along with your workers' comp claim. By demonstrating that another party caused or contributed to your accident, such as a subcontractor or the manufacturer of defective equipment, you could sue to recover full compensation for all your losses and even damages for your pain and suffering.
Contact a Montgomery personal injury attorney at Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC now to discuss your options and begin working on a strategy for your case. We are available to assist clients in Montgomery,
Dothan and all of Southeast Alabama.
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