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Birmingham Work Injury Lawyers

Workplace accidents can result in devastating injuries. You may be afraid of losing your job and unable to pay bills. Medical costs may be mounting and your personal relationships may be suffering. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation; however, that won’t cover every aspect of loss that you incur.

If a negligent party other than your employer caused your injury, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Birmingham work injury lawyers with Belt & Bruner, P.C. today to discuss your options.

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Common Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents are common in Alabama. In 2014, there were more than 37,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and 70 fatalities on the job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most of those injuries and illnesses occurred in manufacturing, and more than half resulted in days away from work, job transfer, or job restrictions.

Some of the most common injuries on the job are caused by the following:

  • Construction Site Accidents – Construction site injuries and illnesses accounted for about 1,700 of the 2014 workplace injuries in Alabama, according to the BLS. These may occur due to defective equipment, negligence of a coworker, inadequate safety gear, falling objects, trucking accidents, or other situations that are common at a construction site.
  • Farm Accidents – Farms are unique workplace locations. It is difficult to know how many workplace injuries occurred on farms because such workers are often contractors or self-employed and do not qualify for workers’ compensation, which tracks workplace accidents. However, as one of the top poultry-producing states in the U.S., Alabama certainly has many workplace accidents on farms.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – If you are injured while driving to or from work, your injury probably isn’t considered a workplace accident; however, if you were driving somewhere for work during work hours, your injury is likely related to your job. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver while you were in the scope of your employment, you may be entitled to recover both traditional personal injury damages from the at-fault driver and workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.
  • Industrial Accidents – In 2014, there were more manufacturing injuries than any other type of workplace injury. Industrial accidents can be severe and may result in broken bones, cuts and bruises, sprains and strains, head injuries, burns, disability, disfigurement, and even death.
  • Dangerous Machinery – Nearly every workplace has some form of machinery on site. If there was a flaw in the design or manufacturing of that machinery, it may cause severe injuries. Many times, a machine’s design or manufacturing problems are not noticeable without professional inspection from lawyers familiar with product liability cases.

Who Is To Blame for Your Injuries

If you were injured on the job, you are likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, those benefits do not always cover all of your losses, and you will not be compensated for physical pain, mental anguish, and other non-economic harms. Your injury may have been caused by someone’s negligence, and, if so, they should be held liable for your losses. The Birmingham work accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you understand who may be to blame for your injuries.

  • Employer Liability – Workers’ compensation does not require proof of fault. However, if your employer failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance, properly maintain equipment, adhere to OSHA standards, provide adequate safety equipment, or took some other act that it knew or should have known would lead to injury, you may be able to recover more than workers’ compensation.
  • Third-Party Liability – If you were injured on the job due to the actions of a coworker, a defective product, or the conditions of a premises not owned by your employer, you may have a claim against a third party for your losses. You may file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party who caused your injuries even if you were on the job at the time.

How You Can Be Compensated

It is important to act quickly if you’ve been injured on the job. There is a time limit of 2 years to file a claim against your employer or any third party who may be responsible for your injuries. There may be deadlines as short as a few days to report your accident to your employer. If you were injured on the job, you may have significant losses for which you may be able to obtain compensation, including:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability

Additionally, if your loved one was fatally injured on the job, you may be able to recover punitive damages from the responsible party.

In general, there are two ways you may seek compensation:

  • Workers’ Compensation – Under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act, if you are injured at work or at a work-related function, you may qualify for benefits that will pay for lost wages, medical costs, disability, and death.
  • Personal Injury Claims – Your injury may have been caused by defective equipment, the actions of a coworker, or another cause that results in third-party liability. You may be able to receive compensation beyond that of workers’ compensation, including those listed above.

How Our Birmingham Work Injury Lawyers Can Help

With more than 65 years of experience representing people who have been injured, the Birmingham work injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you obtain compensation for your losses on the job. We will negotiate a fair amount of compensation for you after a workplace injury, and, if necessary, fight aggressively for your rights in court. Call Belt & Bruner, P.C. at for a free consultation about your Birmingham work injury case.