Our Anniston workers’ compensation lawyer at Steve Morris Law represents employees hurt at work.
Our firm knows that you can suffer a work-related injury, no matter your profession. Certainly, you would have a higher chance of being hurt if you work in a physical job that requires lifting and other strenuous activities. You could even be hurt in a desk job due to poor ergonomics or repeated use of your wrists. No matter how you were hurt, you may be able to file for workers’ compensation benefits when you have been injured on the job.
Contact Steve Morris Law for help with your workers’ compensation claim.
Jobs that Could Lead to Work-Related Injuries
Calhoun County has a number of large heavy manufacturing employers in the area. Employees can be hurt performing practically any job function.
Employees in Anniston may be injured working in the following sectors:
- Automotive – OEM
- Food Manufacturing
- Logistics & Warehousing
- Plastic Injection Molding
- Wood Products
Calhoun County is also the home of the Anniston Army Depot. If you have been injured working for the government or the military, there is a different procedure that you must follow for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
What to Do After a Work Injury in Anniston
There are some legal procedures that you must follow when you have been injured on the job.
Under Alabama law, you have only five days from the time of the jury (or 90 days from the accident) to give your employer notice of the injury. You should give your employer notice in writing, so you can have proof that you followed the law.
You should see a doctor to have your injuries diagnosed. Your doctor will begin to treat your injuries, or they will refer you to a specialist. Your employer would tell you which doctor you can see from a list that they provide.
It is crucial that you keep all medical appointments and take medications that you are prescribed. The workers’ compensation insurance company is closely reviewing what you have done when making decisions about your claim. You should do everything in your power to further your own recovery, right up to the point of maximum improvement.
The hope is that your workers’ compensation benefits are temporary, and you do not have a permanent injury. However, if you have suffered a permanent injury, you should get every dollar that you deserve in a workers’ compensation settlement.
Suing an Employer for a Work Injury Is Almost Always Prohibited in AL
It is very rare that you can sue your employer for a work-related injury. The only major exception is when your injury resulted from your employer’s willful conduct.
You may be able to sue a third party when they were the cause of your workplace injury. For example, if you were driving for your job, and you were injured in an accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the third party.
Your workers’ comp attorney will review your case at the beginning to help you determine whether you could possibly sue someone. Winning a personal injury lawsuit would result in higher compensation for your injuries. You would be able to obtain your full lost wages (as opposed to two-thirds of your lost wages, up to a statutory maximum) and your pain and suffering.
How Steve Morris Law Can Help Your Workers’ Comp Claim
You may want to consider getting legal help for any workers’ compensation claim. You should definitely hire an attorney if you have a complex claim, or your initial claim has been denied.
Here is how we can help you during the workers’ compensation claims process:
- Help you navigate the medical system and your options for care
- Prepare your claim to file with the insurance company
- Communicate with the insurance company to resolve misunderstandings if your claim has been denied
- File an appeal on your behalf if your claim has been denied, helping you build the evidence necessary for a judge to overturn the denial
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf that will give you a one-time payment for your workers’ compensation claim
It is difficult to deal with the details of the workers’ compensation process when you are suffering from an injury. It is even harder to persuade a judge to overturn what the insurance company has done if you are trying to approach them on your own.
Contact an Anniston Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Steve Morris Law provides attentive client service and knowledgeable legal representation when you have been injured on the job. You can learn the benefits of what we can do for you when you contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. You should certainly reach out to us if your claim has encountered any roadblocks. To speak with an attorney, you can message us online or call us today at 256-357-9211.