Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 21
  • Feb
  • 2017

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization to Hold 36th Annual Spring Conference

It's almost time to register for the 36th Annual AWCO Spring Conference to be held May 4-5, 2017 at the Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel! Online registration will open March 1, 2017...

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  • 10
  • Feb
  • 2017

Alabama Pain Doctor Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Federal Prison

Over the years, an Alabama pain management doctor built a reputation for prescribing large quantities of opioid medications out of his Huntsville office, and his patients included...

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  • 24
  • Jan
  • 2017

Alabama Court Addresses Proper Way to Question Medical Treatment after Indemnity and Vocational Benefits are Settled

On September 23, 2016, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion inAugmentation, Inc. v. Harris. Debra Harris alleged injuries to her neck, back, and left shoulder while working...

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  • 12
  • Jan
  • 2017

Alabama Court Considers Proper Venue When Employer Files First

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently released an opinion dealing with venue statutes and their applicability to claims sought under the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Act. In the case ofEx...

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  • 11
  • Jan
  • 2017

Washington Lawsuit Alleges Employees Contracted PTSD From Watching Videos Portraying Brutality, Murder, Beastiality, and Child Pornography

Two Microsoft employees have sued their employer alleging that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because their job required them to watch horrific internet videos portraying brutality, murder, beastiality, and...

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  • 03
  • Jan
  • 2017

2017 Alabama Mileage Reimbursement Rate Update

Effective January 1, 2017, the standard mileage reimbursement rate for Alabama was decreased to 53.5 cents per mile.

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  • 05
  • Dec
  • 2016

Alabama Supreme Court Addresses Exclusivity Doctrine in Assault Case

The Supreme Court recently released its decision in Ex Parte Lincare, Inc., which involved an employee who was allegedly assaulted by her supervisor on the employer’s premises immediately after she...

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  • 09
  • Nov
  • 2016

The Alabama Impairment Defense and OSHA’s New Policy Against Blanket Drug Testing

OSHA recently issued a proclamation against the blanket drug testing of all employees that report work accidents. While there is no specific law against it, OSHA has advised that it...

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  • 07
  • Nov
  • 2016

SOMETHING FOR ALABAMA EMPLOYERS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT $0 MSA

SOMETHING FOR ALABAMA EMPLOYERS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT $0 MSA In recent weeks Zero Dollar Allocation MSAs came into question. Initially it was thought that on any claim, even fully...

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  • 21
  • Sep
  • 2016

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg is 9 Years Old!

The Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg is 9 years old!  We would like to take this time to thank all of our readers who have helped to make http://www.alabamaworkerscompblawg.com a go to...

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  • 19
  • Sep
  • 2016

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Addresses Compensability of Injury First Documented Several Months After Accident

On September 9, 2016, the Alabama Court of Appeals released its decision in Kennamer Bros., Inc. v. Stewart, in which it affirmed the Circuit Court of Marshall County determination that...

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  • 04
  • Aug
  • 2016

Alabama Worker’s Compensation Death Benefits in the Wake of the Common Law Marriage Ban

Common law marriage will be abolished in the state of Alabama effective January 1, 2017. Act 2016-306, provides that the only common law marriages that Alabama law will continue to...

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  • 02
  • Aug
  • 2016

Alabama Court of Appeals Weighs Set-Off of Other Disability Benefits

On July 22, 2016, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in City of Birmingham v. Thomas, in which it addressed whether the City of Birmingham improperly reduced...

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  • 27
  • Jul
  • 2016

Alabama Court Again Rules “Mere Possibility” Is Not Enough For Medical Causation

On July 22, 2016, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Smith v Brett/Robinson Construction Company, Inc. and again found that ...

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  • 06
  • Jul
  • 2016

Alabama Workers' Compensation Rate Change Effective July 1, 2016

Beginning July 1, 2016, the maximum worker’s compensation payable was raised to $832 per week and the minimum was raised to $229 per week. This change was based on the...

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  • 10
  • Jun
  • 2016

Alabama Court Addresses Exception to Coming and Going Rule

Hospice Family Care v. Joseph Allen, dependant spouse of Suzanne Sharp Allen, deceased Released June 10, 2016 This case was on appeal from the Madison County, Alabama Circuit...

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  • 10
  • May
  • 2016

Alabama Jury Finds Supervisor Did Not Commit Willful Act Resulting in Employee’s Injury

On December 29, 2014 we reported on an opinion handed down by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in Flexicrew Staffing, Inc. v Champion. In that case,...

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  • 05
  • May
  • 2016

Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg Wins an Award

We are pleased to announce that our Blawg was named a Best Blog for 2016!  A complete list of the winners and the criteria used in the selection process can...

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  • 04
  • May
  • 2016

Alabama Courts Find Causation to be Clear and Convincing even when Doctor's Opinion was Not

On April 29, 2016, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Leesburg Yarn Mills, Inc v. Thomas Hood.  In Hood, the trial judge found the claimed stenosing...

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  • 07
  • Apr
  • 2016

Alabama Settlements Soon to be Subject to Enhanced Medicaid Lien

The Medicaid Secondary Payer Act will take effect on October 1, 2016. The new law substantially expands state Medicaid recovery rights, and these changes will affect settlements of workers’ compensation...

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