Frequently Asked Questions

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Workers Compensation

An on-the-job injury can affect all aspects of your life. Suddenly, you may be unable to provide for your family financially, incapable of caring for yourself or your children, or even enjoying the activities you participated in before your workplace accident. Even an accident that seems minor can result in serious injuries that require costly medical care and extensive recovery time.

Common workplace accidents and injuries include—

  • Construction accidents
  • Forklift injuries
  • Commercial trucking accidents
  • Safety or OSHA violations
  • Falls
  • Lifting injuries
  • Injuries from conveyors and manufacturing product defects
  • Chemical exposure from crop dusting
  • Oil and gas field injuries
  • FELA (Defense Base Act)

Workers comp in Alabama

Under Alabama law, companies with more than five employees are required to provide workers compensation. Employers must provide full medical benefits—with no time or monetary limits—to employees who are entitled to workers compensation benefits. Your employer selects the physician.

It is important to note that while in many states workers compensation cases are considered no-fault (meaning that the negligence of the employee is irrelevant), that is not so in Alabama. According to Alabama law, most injuries that occur while an employee is working are covered, but there are exceptions:

  • The accident occurred while the employee was intoxicated
  • The employee was injured while engaging in "willful misconduct" such as horseplay
  • The employee did not follow safety regulations or use required safety equipment

Contact us today

At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have spent nearly four decades protecting the rights of workers injured in workplace accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, we can help. Contact us today at 1-888-614-4279 to discuss your case.

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Case Results
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. v. Allen, 572 So. 2d 434 (Ala. 1990
  • Coleman v. Cannon Oil Co., 911 F. Supp. 510 (M.D. Ala. 1995)
  • First Tennessee Bank, N.A., v. Snell, 718 So. 2d 20 (Ala. 1998)
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