Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 05
  • Aug
  • 2017

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Address Common Law Marriage

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently released its opinion in Frederick Roosevelt Dunning, Jr. & Janice Dunning Sandifer v. Lula Mayhew, in which it determined Roosevelt and Lula were...

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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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  • 30
  • Jun
  • 2015

Alabama Employee's Estate Cannot Enforce Settlement Agreement that was not Court Approved Before Employee's Death

On June 26, 2015, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its decision in Pat Tate as Administrator of the Estate of Michael Traffanstedt v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and...

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  • 10
  • Feb
  • 2015

Alabama Governor Signs HB-107, Raising Maximum Burial Expense

As previously reported here, the Alabama Legislature passed HB-107 last year, increasing the maximum burial expenses an employer may be liable for from $3,000 to $6,500. Governor Bentley recently signed...

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  • 24
  • Aug
  • 2014

Alabama Court Holds Adult Child is not a Partial Dependent Despite Receiving Regular Financial Support

On August 22, 2014, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released an opinion wherein it considered whether an adult child can be considered a partial dependent for purposes of receiving death...

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  • 13
  • Nov
  • 2012

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Affirms Award of Death Benefits

On October 26, 2012, The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released its opinion in the case of Hornady Transportation, LLC v. Gwendolyn Fluellen. In that case, the employer appealed the...

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  • 13
  • Aug
  • 2010

Court of Civil Appeals Sets Forth Standard of Proof for Causation in Death Case

Karen Harris v. Russell Petroleum Corporation: On August 6, 2010 the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals set out the standard of proof when dealing with the medical cause of successive injuries...

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  • 12
  • Oct
  • 2009

SURVIVING DEPENDENT SPOUSE ENTITLED TO BENEFITS WHERE INJURED EMPLOYEE DIED DURING APPEAL

General Electric Company v. Mary Ann Baggett, as surviving dependent spouse of Charles Baggett:  On October 9, 2009, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released this opinion wherein it affirmed the...

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  • 06
  • Feb
  • 2009

NONRESIDENT ALIEN DEPENDENTS NOT ENTITLED TO DEATH BENEFITS

Reynalda Alanis Duran et al. v. Goff Group: On February 6, 2009, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals considered the issue of whether or not nonresident alien dependents were entitled to...

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