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Do I have a workers’ comp claim if I was injured during lunch break?

Maybe. Alabama law holds that injuries which are suffered while an employee is conducting activities incidental to their employment-acts necessary to the life, comfort or convenience of the employee-may be compensable injuries. Injuries suffered during lunch break have been held to be one type of said injuries when the injury occurs at an appropriate time Read More

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Am I entitled to workers’ comp benefits if my work injury aggravated an old injury?

I honestly cannot tell you the number of times we have received a call from an injured worker who called us because the workers compensation adjuster told them that their job injury was not the result of the job accident they were recently involved in, but rather was due to some old injury. I wish Read More

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What if my injury occurred due to a fall in the bathroom?

What if my injury occurred due to a fall in the bathroom? Through the years, the attorneys at Powell and Denny have spoken to hundreds of workers who were hurt at work, and many of these injured workers were injured when they slipped and fell in the bathroom. Sometimes the worker seems slightly embarrassed at Read More

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Can my Employer Force me to work outside my work restrictions?

Can my Employer Force me to work outside my work restrictions? NO. If you suffered a job injury and were given work restrictions as a result, your employer has two choices: (i) they can either make sure that they accommodate your work restrictions or (ii) they can tell you that they do not have any Read More

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Can my employer cut my pay after my job injury?

Can my employer cut my pay after my job injury? Unfortunately, unless you have a contract which sets forth your rate of pay, the answer is generally yes, but there are remedies available. If, due to a job injury, you are not able earn-or your employer is not willing to pay you-the same wages you Read More

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Do I have a Right to a Jury Trial?

Do I have a Right to a Jury Trial. Most injured workers know that they have a right to a trial on their workers compensation case, and most of them believe that this includes a right to a jury trial; this simply is not the case. In Alabama, workers compensation trials are bench trials, which Read More

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Disability Lawyer Helping with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a tragic mental illness which affects roughly 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million). Schizophrenia is no respect of persons, and it not only affects those with the illness, but it can be just as devastating for the loved ones of those suffering with the illness. Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects how a Read More

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SSDI is not Welfare

Over the last 25 years, I have spoken with numerous persons in Alabama who called to ask what exactly is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). One of the first things I typically tell them is that SSDI benefits are not a type of welfare benefit. I tell them that it is easier to think of SSDI Read More

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What do I do if I work through a Temp Agency and suffered a job injury?

Many people believe that if they work for a Temp Agency and they suffer a job injury while working for whomever they were sent to work for on the date in question, then they would be able to pursue a claim for workers compensation benefits through their employer-the Temp Agency-and sue the company where they Read More

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Automotive Workers

Last week I was reading an article on the automotive boom taking place in Alabama. Alabama is becoming known as “New Detroit.” Today, our automotive parts industry alone employs over 25,000 workers, but our desire for automotive jobs has outpaced our need to ensure Alabama workers’ safety. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in Read More

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