Mobile Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Helping the injured get back to work throughout Alabama
Alabama workers’ compensation is a state-run program which provides temporary disability benefits for workers injured on the job. If you become injured while performing a regular work task, or if you have been diagnosed with an occupational disease, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. It is supposed to be an easy to use program which allows workers access to temporary disability benefits without the need to file a lawsuit against their employer. However, sometimes workers will end up in a dispute about their benefits with their employer’s insurer or with the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL).
At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to represent you when you need to fight for your workers’ compensation benefits. We offer a free consultation so that you can discuss your case with an experienced Mobile workplace injury lawyer, and you never pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
What does Alabama workers’ compensation cover?
When a worker has been injured on the job, or has contracted an occupational disease, they are required to report the injury to their supervisor immediately, and then ask your supervisor or employer about what doctor you should see to treat your workplace injury or illness. You have five days from the date of the incident to notify your employer, who will complete a First Report of Injury form. If your employer decides to decline your injury claim, you may contact the Alabama Department of Labor’s Workers’ Compensation Division to find out about your options. You have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim in court. After that, you may lose your right to pursue a claim for your workplace injury.
Alabama workers’ compensation benefits include:
After a three-day waiting period, you will be eligible to receive disability benefits which include a partial wage-replacement payment, medical coverage for your workplace injury, and death benefits payable to the deceased worker’s dependents.
There are four different types of partial wage-replacement benefits you might qualify for:
- Temporary partial
- Temporary total
- Permanent partial
- Permanent total
You can refer to Alabama’s average weekly wage chart to calculate what your benefits might be.
Death benefits will be paid to your estate if you do not have any dependents. If you do have dependents, they will receive a weekly benefit.
If you disagree with how your benefits have been determined, you can choose to work with a mediator to resolve the dispute or you can file a lawsuit against your employer’s insurer.
What are some examples of workplace injuries and occupational disease covered by workers’ compensation?
Occupational illnesses or diseases
- Skin conditions
- Hearing loss
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Lung diseases
- Overuse and repetitive stress injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
Workplace injuries can occur from:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Struck by or struck against an object
- Transportation accidents
- Electrical shock
- Walking into objects
- Burn injuries
- Workplace violence
Why might your workers’ compensation claim be denied?
If you filed a workers’ compensation claim for a workplace injury or for an occupational disease and your claim was denied, here are some possible reasons why:
- You waited too long to file your claim. You must report the incident where you were injured to your employer within five days of the accident. After that, you have up to two years from the date of the injury to file a claim or dispute a denied claim.
- Your employer’s insurer does not believe that the injury was work-related. Your employer might also take issue with your account of what happened.
- You did not provide the insurance company with your medical records.
- You were impaired by alcohol, which contributed to causing the accident which injured you. Or, you might have been at work, but you were clowning around with coworkers, or fighting with coworkers when you were injured.
- There was no one around to witness the injury and verify your report of what caused your injury
- Your employer’s insurer denied your claim to save money.
Am I required to hire a Mobile workers’ compensation attorney to represent me?
No. You are never required to hire a lawyer to represent your interests in a workers’ compensation claim, but just remember that your insurer and the ADOL will have legal representation, so you should too. Whether you need to file a third-party personal injury claim, or resolve a dispute, we will be your advocate.
How does my workers’ compensation lawyer get paid?
At Mezrano Law Firm, we accept workers’ compensation cases on contingency. This means that you will enjoy the benefits of being represented by an experienced Mobile workers’ compensation attorney, but you will not have to pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you. We get paid as a percentage of the settlement amount, or the back pay you receive when your dispute is resolved.
You will learn all the details about how a contingency fee agreement works along with all the details about how we will be working together during your free initial consultation.
If you have been hurt at work, if you have been diagnosed with an occupational disease, or if you need to resolve a dispute about your benefits, a knowledgeable Mobile workers’ compensation lawyer from Mezrano Law Firm is ready to meet with you today.
When you’re hurt at work, Mezrano Law Firm helps you recover the compensation you need
If you have sustained a workplace injury or have been diagnosed with an occupational disease, the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm are ready to fight for fair compensation for you. If you are facing any kind of dispute with your employer’s insurer, or with the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Commission, we are ready to represent you. You are welcome to schedule a no obligation consultation at one of our offices by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form to discuss your case with a Mobile workplace injury lawyer today.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.