Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers
Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers: What if I did not immediately file an accident report? What are My Rights? I could not count how many times an injured worker has called our office to inform us that their employer had told them that since they did not immediately file an accident report, they could not seek workers compensation benefits. This is rarely true.
First off, it is not an accident report that is to be filed, it is an INJURY report. This is not just a matter of semantics. According to 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. If you believe that you were hurt at work, you have to tell your boss that you believe you were injured; simply saying that you were involved in an accident is not sufficient–your employer must know that you are claiming to have been hurt in said accident.
Secondly, speaking of time, according to Alabama law, an injured employee has up to 90 days after suffering a job injury to report said injury to their employer. The extended time is allowed because many times a worker thinks that they have merely suffered another pulled muscle and that it is no big deal–it will work itself out over time. Only after days (or weeks) of continued pain does the worker realize that they have really been hurt. The 90 days allotted is there to protect the injured worker, but also to protect the employer. If someone were allowed to wait 6 months before reporting a job injury, the employer’s ability to properly investigate any injury would be severely compromised, and this would not be fair to employers.
Having stated this, it is always best to report a potential job injury as soon as possible (however, actual knowledge on the employer’s part that you have suffered a job injury is sufficient knowledge-but again, report any injury as soon as possible).
If you work in the Metro Huntsville region*-or anywhere in the North Alabama and Tennessee Valley area- you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation system, please do not hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Huntsville Job Injury attorneys at POWELL AND DENNY and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help.
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Powell and Denny have been selected as one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report for each of the last 9 years, have been selected as one of Birmingham’s Top Lawyers by B-Metro Magazine for the last 5 years, have been selected by The National Advocates as one of the Top 20 Workers’ Compensation Firms (plaintiffs) and Powell and Denny, P.C.-has been selected as one of the “Best of the Best” law firms by The American Registry.
Mr. Denny is AV rated by Martindale Hubbard (the highest rating possible) and Mr. Powell has been rated as Superior by The National Registry
* area includes Ardmore, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, Normal, Capshaw, Athens, Tanner, Harris, Madison, Trinity, Hillsboro, Decatur, Priceville, Hartselle, Somerville, Valhermoso Springs, Laceys Springs, Chase, Maysville, Brownsboro, Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, New Market, Roseboro, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, Woodville, Grant, Morgan City, Pine Dale, Holland Gin, Triana, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Meridianville, Hazel Green and everywhere in between.
+ Powell and Denny have successfully represented injured workers from Birmingham, Huntsville, Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Athens, Decatur, Town Creek Ardmore, Hartselle, Madison, Toney, Scottsboro, Ft. Payne, New Hope, Guntersville, Albertville, Boaz, Ashville, Anniston, Gadsden, Cullman, Jasper, Gardendale, Morris, Kimberly, Centerpoint, Leeds, Tarrant City, Fairfield, Hueytown, Bessemer, Adger, Tuscaloosa, Cordova, Alabaster, Pelham, Harpersville, Opelika, Phenix City, Montgomery, Clanton, Calera, Enterprise, Monroeville, Mobile, Evergreen, Alabaster, Pelham, Trussville and towns and cities in between.
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