Monthly Archives: November 2020
Common Reasons for a Workers’ Compensation Claim Denial
Let an Experienced Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation Attorney Help Workplace injuries are common. In Alabama, employees who suffer workplace injuries may be entitled to workers’ compensation, which can cover their health expenses, but workers’ compensation claims are often denied — that can put the employee in a financially and emotionally vulnerable situation. If you would like to get in touch with an experienced Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney, we encourage you to contact Cross & Smith to schedule a free consultation regarding your case. Call us at 877-791-0618 or send us a message online today. Here at Cross & Smith, our team has decades of experience working with personal injury claimants, including those who have been injured in a work setting. We understand how best to navigate the challenges of a workers’ compensation-related dispute, and what is necessary to secure the maximum compensation for our clients (under the circumstances). For now, let’s take a brief look at some of the common reasons behind a workers’ compensation claim denial. It’s worth noting that if your claim is denied, you may be entitled to challenge the adverse decision and potentially sue to recover benefits. Failure to Notify Employer in a Timely Manner In Alabama, notice of the accident and injury must be given to the employer within five days of its occurrence. This is a rather short time period, so it’s important not to delay before getting in contact with a Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney who can manage the procedural requirements in a timely […]Read More
Workplace Injuries — When Can You Sue Your Employer?
Seek Help From a Tuscaloosa Work Injury Lawyer In Alabama, workplace injuries — particularly in certain high-risk industries, such as construction and manufacturing — are rather common. Employees who are injured in the workplace may be wondering what their options are for suing and recovering damages from their employer. We recommend that injured employees get in touch with a qualified Tuscaloosa work injury lawyer at Cross & Smith for further guidance. Suing one’s employer is a worthwhile option, if available. After all, workers’ compensation benefits, though useful, can be somewhat limited by comparison. Workers’ compensation provides for health expenses, for example, but not for the losses associated with pain and suffering. Let’s take a closer look. Workers’ Compensation Prevents Negligence-Based Claims Workers’ compensation protections prohibit employees from bringing negligence-based claims against their employers. Instead, any employees who are injured at work are meant to submit a claim for workers’ compensation to obtain benefits that can cover their losses (at least in part) — this is meant to serve as a tradeoff for being able to secure benefits even in cases where the injury was not caused through any fault of the employer. If you are an employee who was injured in the workplace, it’s important to understand that you are not left without options for a lawsuit, however — you may still be able to bring a lawsuit against your employer for intentional or reckless misconduct. Further, if a third-party contributed to your injuries (i.e., a contractor, or passersby), then […]Read More