Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 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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  • 04
  • Dec
  • 2019

In Alabama, Attorney Evaluation Still Privileged Even if Reasonableness of Third Party Settlement is at Issue

  On November 27, 2019 the Alabama Supreme Court released its opinion in Ex parte Dow Corning Alabama, Inc., et al. In this case an employee ...

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  • 27
  • Nov
  • 2019

In Alabama, Absent Supporting Medical Evidence, “Substantial Evidence” is Necessary to Prove Causation

  On November 15, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion inEx parte Sea Coast Disposal, Inc., in response to a Petition for Writ of Mandamus. The employer...

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  • 27
  • Nov
  • 2019

Alabama DOL Ombudsmen will Continue to Offer set Schedule for Benefit Review Conferences in 2020

  Ombudsmen Patricia Fraley and Ted Roose plan to continue to keep regular office hours on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 9-12 and 1-3 for ...

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  • 14
  • Nov
  • 2019

Alabama Supreme Court Declines to Extend Immunity to Employer’s Parent Company in Deadly Accident

  The Alabama Supreme Court recently released its opinion addressing the issue of whether a parent company of an employer is immune from suit based on the exclusivity provisions of The...

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  • 21
  • Oct
  • 2019

Alabama Court Rules Return to Work May Not Prevent Vocational Disability

  On October 4, 2019 Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in AMEC Foster Wheeler Camtech, Inc. v. Jimmy Chandler wherein...

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  • 23
  • Sep
  • 2019

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg is 12 Years Old!

  As we celebrate 100 years of Alabama Workers’ Compensation, the Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg celebrates its 12th year.  We would like to thank all of our readers who...

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  • 09
  • Sep
  • 2019

Alabama Workers' Compensation Blawg Voted 2019 Best Blog

  We are pleased to announce that the Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg was named a WorkersCompensation.com Best Blog for 2019!  This is the third time we have received this award...

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  • 08
  • Sep
  • 2019

Alabama Hearing Loss Claim Allowed to Proceed Despite Continued Exposure

  On September 6, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion inEx parte Warrior Met Coal, Inc.  In Warrior, the employee continued to work for employer when he...

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  • 08
  • Sep
  • 2019

Lawyers More Cutthroat than Pirates When it comes to Workers’ Compensation

  When you think of pirates of the 13th Century, images of fierce sword-wielding warriors engaged in bloody ship to ship sea battles immediately come to mind.  It...

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  • 23
  • Aug
  • 2019

Alabama Workers’ Compensation Celebrating its Centennial Anniversary

  Today marks 100 years since Governor Thomas Kilby signed bill 26-1 into law thereby creating what is now known as the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. Back then,...

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  • 16
  • Jul
  • 2019

Alabama Senate Approves Workers’ Compensation Bill

  One hundred years ago today, the Alabama Senate approved bill 26-1 which, when enacted into law the following month, became what is now known as the Alabama ...

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  • 02
  • Jul
  • 2019

Alabama Workers’ Compensation Rate Change Effective July 1, 2019

  Beginning July 1, 2019, the maximum workers’ compensation payable will be raised to $892.00 per week and the minimum will be raised to $245.00 per week.https://labor.alabama.gov/docs/guides/wc_weeklywage.pdf

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  • 28
  • Apr
  • 2019

In Alabama, Impairment Assigned by Doctor Just a Factor Judges Consider When Assigning Physical Disability

  On April 19, 2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in Tuscaloosa County v. Chaka Beville.  In Beville, the employee sought benefits for a...

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