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If you were injured at work or you lost a loved one in a work-related accident, it is time to call the work injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. We are here to ensure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to under the law. If someone from outside of your work was at fault for the incident, then we can guide you through a third-party liability claim. Whatever your situation, we will focus on protecting your rights and fighting for most compensation possible.
To schedule a free consultation where you can discuss your situation with an attorney, contact us via our online form or call 205-933-1500. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our work injury lawyers can travel virtually anywhere in the state of Alabama to investigate your case.
Alabama Work Injury Statistics
In 2016, Alabama’s private industries reported more than 35,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Approximately 19,100 were severe, requiring days off of work, a job transfer, or job restrictions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 94 percent of these cases were workplace injuries. The remaining cases were work-related illnesses, the most common of which were skin disorders, hearing loss, and poisoning.
The overall incident rate was 2.7 injuries or illnesses for every 100 full-time equivalent workers. Broken down by industry, the lowest rate was 0.3 cases in financial activities, and the highest rate was 3.8 cases in education and health services. That being said, manufacturing and trade, transportation, and utilities accounted for more than half of all occupational injuries and conditions. The incident rate for severe situations was 1.4 cases per 100 full-time workers.
Alabama was one of 13 states and the District of Columbia which had an incident rate below the national average. Twenty-one states have an incident rate higher than the national average. The other states were statistically similar to the U.S. work injury or illness average rate or did not provide data to the BLS.
Workplace Injuries and Medical Conditions
Some of the most dangerous professions in America include logging, fishing, aviation, roofing, trash collection, steel work, trucking, agriculture, construction, and grounds maintenance. Workers within these professions face hazards that could cause them serious injuries and death every day. Yet, you do not have to be in a typically dangerous profession for there to be a chance you suffer an injury at work. In almost all professions, all it takes is for one person to not do their job well to put you at danger. All it takes is one careless mistake for you to be out of work or to have to bury a loved one who was killed at work.
You may suffer any type of injury or disease due to particular workplace conditions or a work-related accident. However, common work injuries and conditions include:
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Bone fractures from collisions and falls
- Concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Exposure to toxic fumes or substances
- Hearing loss
Whether you are suffering from a work-related medical condition, a relatively minor injury, or a catastrophic injury, you should speak with our work injury attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible. We will review your situation to determine if you have workers’ comp coverage. If you do, we can guide you through the claims process and ensure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. If you do not, then we will review your right to file a lawsuit against your employer or an at-fault third party.
Common Work Accidents
You can be injured in an accident at work no matter your specific profession or industry. You face risks of accidents each day, whether you live your house or not. However, work accidents are more common in certain industries, including:
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., our work injury lawyers have seen all sorts of construction accident injuries. Construction-related injuries and medical conditions often arise because of vehicle accidents, falling objects, slip or trip and falls, falling from heights, lifting and straining, handling vibrating equipment, and loud equipment.
Workplace Motor Vehicle Accidents
Many industries, not only the transportation sector, deal with moving vehicles day in and day out. Average cars and trucks, commercial trucks, delivery vans, large construction and industrial equipment, trains, and other modes of transportation can all collide with other vehicles, people, and objects. It is in these collisions that so many U.S. workers are hurt. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident while at work, do not hesitate to contact a work accident lawyer.
Dangerous Machinery Accidents
Numerous sectors require the use of large and intricate machinery. These machines may be efficient and helpful, but they are also dangerous. Some machinery puts you at risk for lacerations, entanglement, degloving, crushed digits or limbs, traumatic amputations, and electrocution.
Farming in America remains integral to the U.S. and world economies. Yet, despite the necessity of growing a crop like cotton, cultivating produce like soybeans, and raising animals such as cattle and poultry, farming remains a physically and financially high risk profession. Farmers must deal with a great deal of large and dangerous equipment in harsh conditions, which can lead to serious accidents.
Unfortunately, many farmers and farmhands are not covered by workers’ compensation. If you were hurt while working on farm, it is essential you speak with one of our work injury attorneys. We will review your situation to determine if you have any means of obtaining compensation or benefits to get you through your recovery.
The industrial sectors in Alabama see a number of work accidents and illnesses each year. These incidents are often severe or catastrophic, resulting in disfigurement, disability, or death. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an industrial accident in the state, call Belt & Bruner, P.C. today to speak with a workers’ comp lawyer.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you suffered a workplace injury or were diagnosed with a work-related medical condition, you need to notify your employer of your injury within five days of the accident. Notifying your employer as soon as you can is the first step in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. When you have access to workers’ comp, then you cannot sue your employer for the accident or illness. Your right to benefits is purely through the workers’ comp insurance.
Once you notify your supervisor or a member of management, then you can ask about workers’ compensation coverage and the claims process. Under Alabama law, if your employer has four or more part-time or full-time employees, it is required to have workers’ comp insurance. When you have work injury compensation, the next step is to fill out a First Report of Injury (FROI) Form. Once your claim is process, the insurance provider will determine your eligibility for benefits, including some income replacement for a full or partial, permanent or temporary disability.
However, problems may arise right away. If you are unsure about workers’ comp coverage, your employer is not being forthcoming, or you are not covered when you should be, contact our work injury lawyers immediately.
Your employer denying liability for your injury or condition is another reason to call us right away. This may occur if your employer blames you for your accident or a third-party is liable. In this situation, you will need to work with the Workers’ Compensation Division to determine your options and best next steps. If workers’ comp is not a possibility, then we will review your right to file a third-party liability claim.
Third-Party Liability Claims
Workplace injuries are not always the result of another coworker’s carelessness or recklessness. You could be injured because of the actions from someone outside of your workplace. For example, a worker for another construction company on a neighboring site may have crashed their truck into yours. Or, someone off the street may have come into your office with a gun. In situations like these, when another individual or business is at fault for your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against that party – whether or not you also obtain workers’ comp.
Our work injury lawyers will thoroughly review your situation to determine if another party is liable for your injuries, and if so, the compensation you may be entitled to through a third-party liability claim.
Contact the Alabama Work Injury Lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. Today
After being hurt at work, the best thing you can do is speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. As much as you may want to trust your employer to take care of you after an accident, many employers fail to treat their workers as well as they should. Outside workers’ compensation insurance providers do not help matters, since they are focusing on their and your employer’s bottom lines, not what you need. By working with our experienced legal team at Belt & Bruner, P.C., you get people who are on your side, fighting for what is best for you. We will make sure you receive all of the workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to under the law or compensation from an at-fault third party.