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Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available In Alabama

Aug 19, 2022 - Workers' Compensation/Work Injury by

When workers are injured while on the job, they often wonder what types of compensation they are entitled to collect. At Cross & Smith, we help workers from all types of employment backgrounds obtain the compensation they deserve. After meeting with a Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney at our firm, our clients know where they stand legally and are excited they have a lawyer who will guide them through the workers’ comp process. 

There are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits available to injured Alabama employees. Most benefits are subject to a minimum and maximum amount. 

Permanent Disability Benefits

Permanent disability benefits are available to workers who suffer an injury from which they will not recover. 

Permanent Total Disability Benefits

A worker that has been permanently and totally disabled at work may be eligible for benefits equal to ⅔ of the amount the worker was earning prior to the injury. There is no time limit on how long a worker can receive permanent total disability benefits.   

Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

If, after recovering from a work-related injury a worker is permanently partially disabled, they may be entitled to benefits that are based on the type and extent of their injury. These benefits are available for no longer than 300 weeks.

Temporary Disability Benefits

Temporary benefits are available to workers who have been injured on the job and need some time to recover. For questions regarding temporary disability benefits, contact a Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney at Cross & Smith. 

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits

For a worker who has an injury that leaves them temporarily totally disabled, they are typically able to collect ⅔ of their average weekly wages. To determine this amount, their wages for the year before the injury occurred are typically utilized. There is no limit to how long these benefits may be paid. 

Temporary Partial Disability Benefits

For workers who are still able to perform some work activities, but not all, after their injury, temporary partial disability benefits are available. Generally, a worker will receive ⅔ of the difference between what they were earning prior to the injury and what they are earning after the injury. These benefits may not be paid for longer than 300 weeks. 

Medical Benefits

Medical benefits are available to injured Alabama workers. These medical benefits can cover any necessary surgeries, medical supplies, medicine, medical equipment, chiropractic treatment, and more. 

Death Benefits

When a worker is killed while on the job, workers’ compensation should make a lump sum payment of $6,500 to the estate of the deceased worker (or more if there are no surviving dependents). Their surviving dependents may also be entitled to a portion of the decedent’s average weekly earnings. Death benefits cannot be paid for any longer than 500 weeks. 

Speak With A Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have been injured on the job and want to know what workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to, reach out to our firm via our contact page or by calling 877-791-0618 to speak with a Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney. We will help you obtain the benefits you deserve for your work-related injury.

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