Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 14
  • May
  • 2018

Compensable before Compel Says Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently released its decision in the case ofIn re: Jeffrey Donaldson v. Sears Roebuck and Co. on May 11, 2018. It’s decision confirmed that when compensability is disputed, an employer cannot be compelled to provide medical treatment until after an evidentiary hearing on the issue is held, and compensability has been established. In rendering this decision, the Court upheld the principles outlined in it’s earlier decision,Ex parte Publix Super Markets, Inc., 963 So. 2d 654 (Ala. Civ. App. 2007).

About the Author

This blog submission was prepared by Karen Cleveland, an attorney with Fish Nelson & Holden, LLC, a law firm dedicated to representing self-insured employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in all matters related to workers’ compensation. Fish Nelson & Holden is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. If you have any questions about this submission or Alabama workers’ compensation in general, please contact Cleveland by e-mailing her at or by calling her directly at 205-332-1599.

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