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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions What happens if I was fired

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions What happens if I was fired

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: Can I still receive Alabama workers compensation benefits if I was fired?

Unfortunately, it is not unusual for our attorneys to receive a phone call from a worker who, after suffering a job injury, was fired. A lot of the times, the termination (or layoff) was for legitimate reasons--things are tough all over in the modern economy, and the fact you suffered a work related injury does not mean that your employer has to save a position for you. However, if you were let go prior to the date you reached maximum medical improvement, then losing your job could result in entitling you to additional compensation for vocational disability.

Moreover, in some situations there is a practice at a particular place of business where anyone who pursues workers compensation benefits soon finds themselves without a job. In this situation, you do have legal recourse available.

Ala.Code §25-5-11.1 states that "[n]o employee shall be terminated by and employer solely because the employee has instituted or maintained any action against the employer to recover workers' compensation benefits under this chapter or solely because the employee has filed a written notice of violation of a safety rule pursuant to subdivision (c)(4)."

In Alabama, your employer cannot fire you solely because you have reported and sought workers' compensation benefits related to a job accident. If you believe that you were terminated in retaliation for seeking workers compensation benefits, then you may have a claim for damages under wrongful termination/retaliatory discharge.

If you suffered an on the job injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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