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Claim for Workers Compensation Benefits Turned Down

Claim for Workers Compensation Benefits Turned Down: If you work in Alabama and suffered a job injury, the first thing you need to do is report your injury to your employer. Merely informing them that you had a job accident is not sufficient; you must inform them that you believe you suffered an injury. This is not just a matter of semantics. Per Alabama law, employers are to file an injury report once they have been informed that one of their employees believes that they have suffered a job injury; there is not such obligation to file an accident report.

By law, a worker who was hurt at work is supposed to submit a written notice of their job injury to their employer within 5 days of their injury; the problem is that many times the worker is not sure if they have really suffered an injury or if they have merely pulled a muscle, and no one wants to earn a reputation as a complainer by running and reporting every little twinge to their employer. Only after days or weeks of continued pain do many workers finally realize that what they thought was a minor problem was a more serious injury.

Insurance carriers are quick to point out the 5 day reporting period, but they often neglect to inform the injured worker that in the same section where the 5 day reporting period is mentioned, the statue goes on to state that a worker has up to 90 days in which to report a job injury, and that knowledge of the injury by your employer is sufficient notice of said injury. That means that if your employer was made aware that you hurt yourself at work within 90 days of your injury, they cannot evade liability be insisting that a written report was not made within 5 days; and company policy regarding the time in which you are to report a job injury cannot override Alabama law.

Having stated this, it is always best to report a potential job injury as soon as possible.

If your claim for Alabama workers compensation benefits was turned down, don't give up. Call and to speak with one the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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