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Tuscaloosa Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Tuscaloosa Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Representing Alabama workers injured on the job

Our state’s economy is generated by the millions of people who go to work every day – in offices, on work sites, in retail stores, factories, and more. We support our loved ones and ourselves with our skills and knowledge and help make Tuscaloosa a better place to live. We rely on that paycheck to provide us with wages and benefits to pay our bills. However, what happens if you’re injured on the job and are unable to work? Suffering an injury at work isn’t uncommon; it can happen to anyone at any time. An on-the-job accident can cause many medical and financial issues – including needing time off work to heal from injuries. Paying household and medical bills can quickly become a hardship. That's where our Tuscaloosa Workers' Compensation Lawyer can help you.

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Call us at (205) 654-8146 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

The Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm can help. With our decades of experience in workers’ comp law, our lawyers can help you get the benefits and wages you need while you take the time to heal from your injuries – on your timetable, not your employer’s. Contact us to find out more.

What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance program designed for workers. It provides financial compensation for medical care, lost wages, and disability for employees who suffer job-related injuries, illnesses, or fatalities.

“No-fault” means that the benefits are available regardless of whose fault the accident or injury was. That means even if the worker were to blame for their injury, they’re still eligible for benefits – except in cases where they were under the influence or behaving recklessly.

However, the flip side of this coin is that the employee forfeits their right to bring a lawsuit against their employer for pain and suffering or other damages. It is possible, however, to bring a personal injury claim against a third party unrelated to your employer if they were the entity responsible for your injuries.

Workers’ comp typically offers medical treatment for all accident-related injuries and partial wages (typically 2/3 of their average paycheck) when they cannot work. You can find more details about workers’ comp benefits on the Alabama Department of Labor website.

How Much Does a Workers' Compensation Lawyer Cost?

That depends. Many of our cases are contingency based, meaning you don't pay unless you win a settlement. Most of our workers' compensation cases can be a contingency, but it will depend on certain variables. To learn about your case, you can schedule a FREE consultation. We will learn what you're going through and be able to explain everything you need to know. Areas's of practice that are always contingency based are:

Eligibility for Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation

In Alabama, any company or business with five or more employees must carry workers’ comp insurance. If an employee suffers an injury or develops a medical condition or occupational illness due to their job, they can file a claim. A surviving family member may be eligible to file if an employee dies due to a workplace accident or injury.

It’s important to note, however, some types of employees may not be eligible for workers’ compensation. These employee categories might include:

  • Domestic workers
  • Farm laborers
  • Independent contractors
  • Temp workers

Your attorney can let you know if you qualify.

Tuscaloosa workers’ comp covers just about any injury, as long as it happened within the scope of your employment. Most accidents and injuries happen at a person’s place of employment, but some might happen off-site or while you’re traveling for work or in a car accident.

These benefits are also available for chronic conditions and occupational illnesses, like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, mesothelioma, or tinnitus – as long as your job caused or exacerbated your condition.

Steps to take when injured at work

Suppose you have an accident, suffer an injury, or are diagnosed with an occupational illness or condition. In that case, acting quickly to protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits is essential. These steps can help improve your chances for a successful claim.

  • Get medical attention if it’s an emergency.
  • Report your injury or illness to your employer. Notify your employer about your injury as soon as possible and whether or not it will prevent you from working. Your claim could be denied if you don’t report it promptly.
  • If you’re filing a claim for benefits for a chronic condition or occupational illness, the clock starts ticking on the date of your definitive diagnosis.
  • Your employer and the insurance company should file your claim with the Alabama Department of Labor.
  • If your employer fails to file a claim or denies your claim, you must file the claim on your own.

Workers’ compensation forms and appeals can be complex, with varying deadlines and essential documentation. Our attorneys can work with you to increase your chances your claim will be successful, and you’ll quickly get the benefits you need.

A Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help.

Nobody is required to have an attorney file a workers’ compensation claim. However, there are many instances where it can be advantageous to have expert guidance on your side. Workers’ comp, like any insurance claim, is a legally binding process, and getting every detail correct is essential. An attorney can help in the event:

  • Your employer does not believe your injury is work-related.
  • Your employer is retaliating against you for filing a workers’ comp claim.
  • Your employer is trying to force you to come back to work.
  • Your workers’ compensation claim is denied.

There are many reasons a company may attempt to deny your claim, including:

  • Failing a drug or alcohol test
  • Failing to seek timely medical treatment
  • Failure to give timely notice of your accident
  • Failure to use an authorized doctor
  • Filing a claim after warnings or termination
  • Having a pre-existing condition
  • Injury occurring off-site
  • No witnesses to the accident

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, the legal team at Mezrano Law Firm will work with you to file an appeal to secure your benefits. We understand insurance companies' strategies and employ our own strategies to counter them.

A Tough Tuscaloosa Workers' Compensation Lawyer

At Mezrano Law Firm, our lawyers know how hard you work and how life can change when you’re injured. We can help you get the workers’ comp you’re entitled to, file an appeal if you’re denied, and represent you throughout the process. Call us today at (205) 722-6898 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Tuscaloosa office.

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