Florence Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Protecting workers injured on the job in Alabama
Employees here in our home state work hard every day – on job sites, in retail stores, behind desks, on the highway – driving the economy and making it a great place to live. As workers, we provide skills and time, and in return our employers give us wages and benefits so we can support our families and ourselves.
Generally, this is a relatively smooth contract. However, from time to time you may experience an accident on the job and be unable to work due to your injuries. And, if this has happened to you, the inability to work can present a lot of financial problems. After a work accident or diagnosis of a work-related health condition, you may worry about paying bills, and what your life might be life post-accident.
The Florence workers’ compensation lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm have decades of experience with getting injured workers the benefits and wages they need while they heal from their personal injuries. You’re legally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you’re hurt on the job, and our job is helping ensure you get them.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ comp is a form of insurance and benefits system that provides partial wages and medical care to employees who are injured at work. If you’re hurt during the course of your job, you’re likely eligible for workers’ compensation. These benefits are designed to help you protect your finances and your health after on-the-job injuries and they’re your right as an employee.
Workers’ compensation insurance not only protects you, but it also protects your employer – the way workers’ comp works is that in exchange for providing these benefits, you agree not to sue your employer for your injuries. Instead, you receive medical care and a portion of your wages up to a maximum amount set by the state of Alabama.
Even if you were partially to blame for your on-the-job injury, you’re still eligible for benefits under workers’ compensation. (You do waive this right if you caused an accident while under the influence or behaving recklessly.) In exchange for providing those benefits, your employer is protected from legal actions regarding your accident or medical condition.
Who is eligible for workers’ compensation in Florence?
Any business with five or more employees in Alabama must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If they don’t, they can be hit with penalties. And, any employee who suffers an injury or develops a medical condition as a result of their job can file for workers’ comp. If an employee dies from a workplace accident or injury, their surviving family members may also be eligible for benefits.
Not every type of employee, however, is eligible for benefits. Types of workers who may not qualify for workers’ compensation include:
- Independent contractors
- Temp workers
- Farm laborers
- Domestic workers
And, as mentioned earlier, although workers’ comp is designed to be no-fault, under certain conditions employees may be disqualified for benefits, such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. If you’re not sure if you qualify for workers’ comp, check with your employer or an experienced attorney.
You should also know that workers’ compensation covers just about any kind of injury, as long as it’s work-related. This means even a previous or chronic injury is eligible, if your job has aggravated or exacerbated the condition. Most job-related injuries happen at your place of employment, but some can happen at remote job sites, during work travel or any time you’re performing your job.
Steps to take if injured on the job
If you were in an accident or hurt on the job, it’s important to act quickly so you can protect your rights to workers’ comp benefits. Ensure you take the following steps to maximize your chances for recovery:
- Notify your employer about your accident, injury or diagnosis immediately. Your benefits could be denied if you don’t provide notice within 10 days.
- You must also notify your employer if your condition or injury prevents you from working. This also protects your rights to benefits.
- Visit your doctor as soon as possible, and follow all after-care and follow-up directions. Even if you think an injury is minor, have a doctor take a look, as many seemingly minor injuries can later take a turn for the worse.
Do I need a Florence attorney for my workers’ comp claim?
You don’t need to have a lawyer for a workers’ compensation claim, but it’s recommended. Here’s why. Workers’ comp is a complicated and legally binding process. It involves paperwork, deadlines and – if your claim is denied – hearings and court appearances. Our legal team has a great deal of experience in these types of claims and is ready to prepare a strong case for you.
Often, cases filed without the guidance of an attorney are denied for minor details like missing a deadline or an error in paperwork. If this happened to you, Mezrano Law Firm is happy to help you appeal the decision and get you the benefits you’ve worked so hard to earn.
In other, more serious, situations, your employer’s insurance company may deny your benefits for other reasons, or your employer may retaliate against your for filing for workers’ compensation. Punishing an employee for filing for benefits is illegal, and our attorneys can help. We also understand the tactics insurance companies use to try and deny benefits, and we have the strategies to fight them.
When you’re injured on the job, you need your medical needs and wages covered while you heal, both physically and emotionally. Workers’ compensation benefits are critical to this process.
Skilled Florence workers’ compensation attorneys
If you were hurt on the job, protect your rights today by talking to the workers’ comp attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm. We can help with your claim, from assisting with paperwork to appealing denied claims. After your hard work, you deserve the maximum amount of benefits available. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Florence office.