When a worker is injured on the job, Alabama law provides for workers’ compensation benefits in most instances. Workers’ compensation benefits are based on specific statutory guidelines and the law in this area is very detailed. If you have suffered an injury that arose out of and in the course of your employment, we can help you obtain all the benefits you deserve.
Hiring an Attorney:
Generally, it is best to consult with attorney early in the claim process to ensure that the injured workers’ rights are protected, even if the claim seems to be running smoothly. Workers compensation law is complex. You don’t want an attorney that dabbles in work comp—you need someone that has experience and expertise in this specialized area of the law. Naomi Drake has been handling worker’s compensation and personal injury cases since 1998, representing only accident victims.
Medical treatment related to the injury is to be paid for by the employer. This includes the physician’s bills and prescription medications, as well as travel to and from providers. However, only treatment from an authorized physician is covered. Generally, the employer will select the injured worker’s treating physician, but, in some cases the employer may allow the worker to select his or her own doctor. Medical benefits for treatment of the injury are lifetime benefits, meaning, the employer will responsible for necessary treatment for the remainder of the injured worker’s life.
If the treating physician says you cannot work during your recovery, your employer may be obligated to pay you compensation benefits, such as Temporary Total Disability or Temporary Partial Disability benefits. Also, if your physician limits your work activities during your recovery, you may be entitled to disability benefits if your employer does not have work for you within the light duty restrictions assigned by the doctor.
If you suffer an injury that results permanent damage, you may be entitled to receive additional benefits for your permanent impairment. Depending on the severity of the permanent injury, you may receive compensation for your permanent partial disability or permanent total disability.
Other claims related to workplace injuries:
Being injured on the job is a difficult experience, we can help ease that burden by providing you with guidance to determine your rights and secure the maximum benefits available under the law.
We handle workers’ compensation claims involving all types of physical injuries, including: