Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 27
  • Mar
  • 2020

Alabama Governor Issues Proclamation Regarding Notaries and Witnesses

  On March 26, Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation that temporarily allows notaries who are licensed attorneys or operating under the supervision of a licensed attorney to notarize signatures through...

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  • 20
  • Mar
  • 2020

Questions and Answers Regarding Alabama Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

  New Jersey lawyer and nationally recognized workers’ compensation guru, John Geaney recently posted a COVID-19 Q&A on his award winning Blog site.  The questions...

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  • 19
  • Mar
  • 2020

April 2020 Alabama Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Division Seminars Cancelled

  The Alabama Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Division seminars scheduled for April 9th in Orange Beach and April 23rd in Birmingham are cancelled.  Per Director, Steve Garrett, they are actively...

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  • 19
  • Mar
  • 2020

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Issues Temporary Rules Regarding Workers’ Compensation Settlements

  On March 18, 2020, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tom Parker, issued an Order setting forth temporary rules regarding workers’ compensation settlements.  Per the Order, the following...

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  • 18
  • Mar
  • 2020

Director of Alabama Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Division Issues Memorandum Concerning Ombudsman Program

  On March 18, 2020, the Director of the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) Workers’ Compensation Division, Steve Garrett, released a Memorandum concerning the Ombudsman Program.  ADOL  Ombudsmen...

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  • 18
  • Mar
  • 2020

Alabama Occupational Diseases and COVID-19

  In Alabama, an occupational disease is defined as “a disease arising out of and in the course of employment… which is due to hazards in excess of ...

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  • 17
  • Mar
  • 2020

COVID-19 Impact on Alabama Courts and ADOL Ombudsman Program

  Alabama Court Appearances Temporarily Suspended   On March 13, 2020, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an administrative order which suspended all court appearances for 30 days.  On March 15, 2020, the Court...

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  • 02
  • Mar
  • 2020

Alabama House Bill Proposes Adoption of IRS’s Rules for Determining Employment Status

  Alabama State Representative Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) recently introduced House Bill 77, which would require employers and state agencies to use the guidelines specified by the Internal Revenue Service in order...

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  • 28
  • Feb
  • 2020

Alabama Employer’s Attempt at Dismissal Based on Exclusivity Provision Fails Due to Unresolved Issues of Fact Regarding Physical Attack on Employee

  Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Act has an exclusivity provision that shields employers from tort claims resulting from injuries, or death, caused by an accident or occupational disease that is related to...

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  • 28
  • Feb
  • 2020

Alabama Department of Labor Needs to Know the County Where the Benefit Review Conference Occurred

  Regardless of whether a workers’ compensation settlement is finalized before a Circuit Court Judge or an ADOL Ombudsman, the ADOL Workers’ Compensation Division, must receive a completed WC-4 Claim Summary...

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  • 28
  • Feb
  • 2020

Alabama Legislation Seeks to Create PTSD Physical Injury Requirement Exception for First Responders

  Alabama is a physical-mental state which means you have to have a physical injury in order to be able to recover mental injuries.  Ten years ago,the Alabama Court of Civil...

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  • 28
  • Feb
  • 2020

A look at the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus on Alabama Workers’ Compensation through a New Jersey Lens

  Earlier today (2/28/20), the World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that the risk of spread and impact of the coronavirus is now very high at a “global...

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  • 27
  • Feb
  • 2020

Don’t Miss the February 28, 2020 Deadline to Join the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Organization

  February 28, 2020 is the deadline for discounted AWCO membership registration that includes a free conference.  Registration will close at 5:00 pm CST.  If you have not...

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  • 20
  • Jan
  • 2020

Alabama Employee Gets a Second Opinion Doctor Despite Previously Exhausting her Panel of Four

  On January 17, 2020, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in the matter styled Ex parte Kohler Company, Inc.  In Kohler, the Court considered a...

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  • 13
  • Jan
  • 2020

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Organization...Membership has its Privileges

  Membership in the AWCO offers a number of professional and social opportunities annually to interact with other workers' compensation professionals. The highlight of the year is the...

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  • 07
  • Jan
  • 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020, the Alabama Department of Labor, Workers’ Compensation Division, Requires a Completed WC-4 Claim Summary Form for all Alabama Workers’ Compensation Settlements

  Effective January 1, 2020, the Alabama Department of Labor, Workers’ Compensation Division, must receive a completed WC-4 Claim Summary Form for all Alabama Workers’ Compensation settlements regardless of whether the...

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  • 02
  • Jan
  • 2020

2020 Alabama Mileage Reimbursement Rate Update

  Effective January 1, 2020, the mileage reimbursement rate for Alabama is 57.5 cents per mile, a .5 cent decrease from 2019.

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  • 01
  • Jan
  • 2020

Happy 100 Years of WC Alabama!

  Today marks 100 years since the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act went into effect.  Back then, it was known as the Alabama Workmen’s Compensation Act.  While it has been expanded in...

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  • 09
  • Dec
  • 2019

In Alabama, For Statute of Limitations Purposes Simply Filing a Complaint Does Not Commence an Action

  On December 6, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in James Brooks v. Austal USA, LLC. The undisputed facts were that while the Complaint...

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  • 06
  • Dec
  • 2019

Alabama Court of Appeals Upholds Trial Court’s Order Requiring Employer to Provide a Second Panel of Four Pain Management Doctors or Negotiate the Closure of Medical Benefits

  On December 6, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Colby Furniture Company v. Belinda Overton.  In Overton, the employer sought the termination of...

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