Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers
Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers: What if I was Off the Clock? What are my Rights? Through the last two decades we have encountered the subject of this blog many times; what rights do you have if your job injury occurred before you have clocked in or after you have clocked out?
Not all work injuries occur while the worker is at their work station. What then? Injured workers have called our office to inform us that they slipped and fell just prior to clocking in or shortly after clocking out and they were informed that since they were not “on the clock,” they were not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Understandably, many injured workers believe this is the case, but whether the worker who was hurt at work was on the clock or off the clock is not dispositive of the issue.
Alabama Workman’s Comp benefits are not limited solely to workers who were hurt at work while they on the clock. Under Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation law, “’employment is not limited by the actual time when the workman reaches the scene of his labor and begins it nor when he ceases, but includes a reasonable time, space, and opportunity before and after while he is at or near his place of employment. One of the tests is whether the workman is still on the premises of his employer. It was further stated that an employee’s completing his actual service for the workday and preparing to leave the employer’s premises at a suitable interval of time thereafter are acts naturally related and incidental to the course of employment.'” Cook v. AFC Enterprises, Inc., 826 So.2d 174, 177-178 (Ala.Civ.App.2002)(quoting from Thompson v. Anserall, Inc., 522 So.2d 284, 286 (Ala.Civ.App.1988).
So, if were hurt at work while not being “on the clock,” but you were engaged in activity related to your job, including getting ready to begin work or preparing to leave work, then you may be entitled to workman’s compensation benefits.
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 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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