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You should never be forced to clock into work if you are unable to stand, type, or live without pain; yet, you may be living with a painful workplace injury out of a fear of losing your job. From carpal tunnel and back strain to crushed limbs and paralysis, a workplace injury takes place roughly every seven seconds. In Alabama's private employment industry, 2.5 out of every 100 workers experiences a non-fatal injury on the job.
Dangerous industries - like mining, manufacturing, and construction - may see the most serious injuries, but accidents can happen to anyone, no matter the field. You could be diagnosed with mesothelioma from years of asbestos exposure. You could brush against a live wire, shocking your heart into cardiac arrest. Decades of repetitive movement could leave you with stress fractures and tendinitis, unable to pick up your children or drive a car without pain. No one is immune to the risks of the workplace - even sedentary jobs can lead to arthritis or lumbar strains that damage your quality of life. Regardless of the nature of your job or your injury, workers' compensation is a fundamental right all employees deserve. Therefore, you should never fear seeking workers' compensation benefits out of a fear of retribution by your employer.
In the state of Alabama, most employers with five or more employees are required to carry worker's compensation insurance.This system is a critical safety net for those left injured or sick without resources due to their job. Workers' compensation both protects employers from liability and provides financial support and medical care to ill or injured employees. Without this compensation, Birmingham workers would be left to deal with the devastating consequences of their conditions, struggling to support their families and finance costly medical treatments.
Workers' compensation is a no-fault system, meaning you aren't required to prove liability in order to receive benefits. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurers are profit-seeking and businesses prioritize their bottom line. Sometimes, one or both of these entities will attempt to reduce or deny your claim to compensation. They may claim you ignored safety guidelines, that you were drunk, or that your injury took place off-the-clock. They may retaliate against your claim with hostility and threats of termination. Our workers compensation attorneys know how best to counter these efforts, maximize your claim, and ease your mind.
At Wettermark Keith, our attorneys dedicate themselves to defending the hardworking people who need it most. If you need guidance after a workplace injury, don't hesitate to contact a workers' compensation lawyer. For a free consultation, call our lawyers at (877) 715-9300 or fill out the form on our website. Our compensation attorneys will listen to your story, treat you with compassion, and represent you like family - because to us, you are.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Workers’ compensation covers a vast range of injuries that might occur at work. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has numerous safety recommendations in place for employers, workplace injuries remain common. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds - totaling to about seven million workplace injuries a year.
The following is a list of the most common injuries that require workers’ compensation:
- Construction site accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Falls (from heights and flat surfaces)
- Repetitive motion injuries and strains
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye or ear injuries
- Broken bones
- Exposure to toxins
- Fires and explosions
- Struck-by falling objects
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Stuck in or between equipment
- Criminal assaults and acts of violence
If you’ve experienced one of of the above injuries or any others on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are injured at work, make sure to report the incident to your supervisor, seek medical care, and follow up with a Wettermark Keith attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers will listen to your story and advocate for your rights.
When Should You Call a Workers' Compensation Lawyer?
Unfortunately, Birmingham insurance companies and employers rarely have your best interests at heart. They may deny your valid claim to save on costs or try to trick or intimidate you into settling for less than you deserve. Even though this behavior is illegal in Alabama, you may be threatened with termination by your employer for making a workers’ comp claim or going to a lawyer. Don’t give in - with the right Birmingham attorney, you'll win the workers' compensation and support you need to heal and return to work without fear.
Don’t accept a settlement after an on-the-job accident without first discussing your options with an attorney. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is absolutely essential should you decide to take your employer to court. Your attorney can help you understand your rights and decide if a lawsuit is truly your best option. If it is, your attorney will fight tirelessly on your behalf, all the way to the courtroom.
You should never accept less than you deserve for your workers’ compensation case - a personal injury suit against your employer or workers' comp insurers may lead to the full reimbursement of all your past and future losses. A workplace injury is always worth a discussion with our Birmingham attorneys. When your health and your future is at stake, you don't want to make an uninformed decision without guidance from a lawyer. If you are being unfairly denied, retaliated against by an employer, or offered less than you deserve, contact our lawyers today at (877) 715-9300 for a free consultation.
How To File A Workers' Compensation Claim
Step 1: Immediately Report the Accident to Your Employer
When you are injured at work, it is vital that you inform your supervisor of the injury as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be the moment the incident occurs. If you have not yet done so, Alabama law gives you five days to report the incident - you must inform your supervisor before those five days are up. If your employer is already aware of or had witnessed the incident, there is no need to give them a more formal notice.
Step 2: Seek Medical Attention From Your Employer's Workers' Comp Doctor
It is important to note that your employer selects the doctor you must visit to be treated for your condition. When you inform your employer of your injury, make sure to request this doctor's information. If you are not satisfied with your employer's doctor and their diagnosis, you can choose from a list of other healthcare providers selected by your employer .
Step 3: File a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form
Workers' compensation laws require your employer to file an Employer's First Report of Injury or Occupational Disease form (WC Form 2) as well as a Supplementary Report and a Claims Summary Form within 10 days of the injury. These must be completed by your employer, your employer’s insurance, or a third-party. These forms serve as a complete report of the incident and contain a brief biography of the employee’s situation and information. Ideally, your compensation benefits should be provided within 30 days after they become due. Unfortunately, your employer may seek to deny your claim, and you cannot assume your employer's insurance will offer you a fair and adequate sum for your injuries. That's where our lawyers come in.
Step 4: Contact a Workers' Compensation Attorney at Wettermark Keith in Birmingham, AL
After the reporting process, it is important to hire a Birmingham workers’ compensation attorney. We care about you, and we don't shy away from a legal battle. Our lawyers will do whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve, in or out of the courtroom. If your attorney fails to win your case, you don’t pay us anything. No fees, no commissions, no expense reimbursements.
Wettermark Keith - To Us, It's Personal.
Our firm has built a positive reputation in the industry through years of hard work, dedication, and real results. With offices in Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida, Wettermark Keith remains one of the top personal injury firms in the Southeast. We practice with care and compassion, telling our clients stories and making their voices known. Our success is in our strong relationships with our clients, based on constant communication and an unwavering dedication to truth and trust. Winning workers’ compensation cases isn’t our goal - caring for you is. Winning is just how we show it. Contact us today at (877) 715-9300 or through our chatbot or online form to set up a complimentary consultation.
No Fee - Guaranteed
At Wettermark Keith, we recognize the financial struggles that come with a workplace accident and injury. With that in mind, we operate on a contingency fee basis. We don’t charge any upfront costs and we advance all legal fees to the conclusion of your workers' compensation case. You will only pay us if we win your case, guaranteed. Our goal is for you to have the most successful outcome possible - let our Birmingham lawyers take care of the rest.
You cannot ask lawyers to sue your employer for denying your workers’ compensation if that denial was legitimate. In Birmingham, employers are required to pay for workers’ compensation insurance, giving them immunity from most lawsuits. If, however, your employer didn’t have sufficient insurance, negligently put you in harm’s way, deliberately threatened your job status, or denied your valid injury, you may have grounds for a workers’ compensation lawsuit. It’s best to exhaust all options before taking your employer to court.