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Alabama Workplace Fatality

Alabama Workplace Fatality: The most recent study of fatal work injuries which occurred in Alabama was released by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on November 6, 2013-covering the calendar year 2012.

Unfortunately, the number of deaths caused by work injuries increased approximately 8% in 2012, rising from 74 workplace fatalities in 2011 to 81 in 2012. 1996 marked the highest number of job related deaths with 155 families losing a loved one.

Of the 81 workplace fatalities, 28 resulted from transportation accidents and 20 by being struck by equipment of contacting a dangerous object. In the United States, automobile accidents accounted for the largest percent of fatal work injuries-41%.

In Alabama, if a workplace accident causes, or is a causative factor, in the death of a worker, and the death occurs within 3 years of the date of the workplace injury (although this date may be tolled by payment of disability compensation while the worker was still alive), then dependents of the deceased worker are entitled to certain death benefits. Death benefits are payable over 500 weeks absent an agreed to lump sum settlement. Family members may also have a right to pursue other personal injury/wrongful death actions in conjunction with workers' compensation death benefits.

If you have lost a loved one due to a work accident and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers' Compensation laws, or if you have questions about whether you have any right to other legal claims, please do not hesitate to talk to one of the experienced Alabama Job Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny.

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