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Alabama Work Injury Occupational Disease

If you work in Alabama, you are not only entitled to workers' compensation benefits when you suffer a work injury, you also may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you suffer a job illness which leads to a permanent loss--this is called an Occupational Disease.

In some of our previous blogs were have tried to explain the legal concept of notice; that being the injured workers' responsibility to inform his/her employer that they have suffered a compensable work injury or job illness. For the traditional work injuries which involve an acute injury after a fall or lifting a heavy object, the injured worker generally knows that they have suffered a work injury at the time of the injury, or at least within 90 days of the work injury. This cannot be said of occupational diseases, because occupational diseases develop over time due to prolonged exposes to a particular hazard which the normal work force is not exposed to. The condition generally develops slowly, over many months and years. Given this fact, in Alabama, in the situation where a worker comes to believe that they may have suffered an occupational disease, the injured worker is not required to provide notice within 90 days of his injury, because there was no specific date in which the work injury was sustained. Rather, the employee must have settled or filed suit on their claim for Alabama workers' compensation benefits within 2 years of the date they were last exposed to the particular hazard which gave rise to their job illness.

If you have suffered a work injury or believe that you have suffered a job illness/occupational disease such as COPD, pneumoconiosis, cancer, hearing loss, emphysema, black lung, mesothelioma or some other illness and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers' Compensation law, the experienced Alabama Work Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny would be happy to speak with you and try to help you with your questions.

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