Cross & Smith is dedicated to helping on-the-job accident victims in Birmingham and surrounding areas recover the compensation they deserve. We have successfully represented numerous workers in Birmingham on-the-job injuries cases and workers’ compensation claims. Our caring workers compensation attorneys thoroughly evaluate all legal options and tailor a strategy of greatest advantage to you.
Hard-working Americans spend more time at work than any other place. Some people work multiple jobs trying to make ends meet. That is why an accidental injury is more likely to happen suddenly or over time while performing job-related duties. Work stress also contributes to worry and fatigue, making the employee more susceptible to injury on the job. Demanding jobs do not need to involve hard labor to make you ill or exacerbate an existing condition. Common examples of sudden or developing on-the-job injuries include:
Most employers in Birmingham and elsewhere in Alabama are required to provide workmen’s compensation benefits in the event of an on-the-job accident or injury. The Alabama Workmen’s Compensation Act was enacted in 1919 and is found in the Code of Alabama. It contains detailed and specific rules regarding employments covered by the act and benefits provided by the act. It is the employee’s exclusive remedy against the employer for on-the-job accidents and injuries. An accident must arise out of and in the course of employment in order for the act to apply. The Workmen’s Compensation Act provides medical benefits, disability benefits and death benefits. These benefits are specific and depend upon the type and extent of injury. Medical benefits should be available for treatment of the injury for the duration of the employee’s life unless the employee elects to terminate future benefits. Disability benefits are classified as temporary and/or permanent and are either partial or total depending on the nature of injury and recovery. The amount of death benefits is determined by whether there are any eligible dependents. Our trusted Birmingham workers compensation attorneys can provide valuable advice about benefits available under the Workmen’s Compensation Act.
Employees in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama are consistently exposed to danger, whether they fall from collapsing scaffolds or sit for hours before a screen. Using power tools and heavy machinery is always a risk for factory and construction workers throughout the state. Many on-the-job injuries are preventable and caused by negligence. In addition to workmen’s compensation benefits, employees may be entitled to additional recovery from any third parties that negligently cause injury to the employee. Negligent third parties can be premise owners or general contractors for failure to keep the work site reasonably safe from danger, manufacturers of dangerous products that cause injury, subcontractors that negligently cause injury to employees of other subcontractors, motor vehicle operators or any person or entity other than the employer who or which negligently causes injury to the employee. It is important for an attorney handling a workmen’s compensation claim to investigate and determine whether any third parties are responsible for the employee’s injury. If so, the employee may be entitled to damages that are in addition to those provided by workmen’s compensation.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, contact an experienced Birmingham workplace injury lawyer at Cross & Smith today. Our lawyers have successfully handled work accident cases and workers’ compensation claims in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama. We will advise you of all your options and work with you to find a solution that fits your needs. Whether you are filing for workers’ compensation benefits or a personal injury claim, legal counsel can vastly improve your chances of obtaining relief. Our lawyers know the process and fight for your rights at every turn. At Cross & Smith, we know that on-the-job injuries can put you out of work. That is why we are dedicated to helping you maximize your recovery at trial or through settlement. Call (877) 791-0618 today for a free consultation or contact us online.