As an Alabama employer, your company faces potential legal challenges every day. While businesses in some industries are more prone than others, one challenge all employers have in common is the risk of workplace injuries. With only certain limited exceptions, Alabama law requires employers with at least five employees to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to their employees.
The attorneys at Levy, Thompson, Sibley & Hand, LLC represent both local and global corporations in Alabama workers’ compensation claims. We have the experience and insight to advise you in developing loss-mitigation strategies and evaluating employees’ claims. We stoutly represent your interests in disputes over workers’ compensation claims.
In certain respects, the Alabama workers’ compensation system provides protections for both employers and employees. For employers, compliance with the law provides protection from ordinary civil lawsuits seeking unspecified damages for injuries their employees suffer on the job. In most cases, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act limits recoveries to actual medical expenses and compensation for lost time from work, and the law places caps on the number of weeks that employees are entitled to wage compensation for various injuries.
In exchange, employees get the benefit of a “no-fault” compensation system. Simply put, if a qualifying employee suffers a work-related injury, he or she will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if the employer was not at fault in causing or contributing to the accident.
Of course, this does not mean benefits claims are cut and dry. Employers and their insurers regularly find themselves defending against claims that are (i) invalid from the outset, and (ii) excessive in terms of the amount of benefits claimed.
Fortunately, Alabama law recognizes numerous defenses to unjustified benefits claims. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping employers and insurance companies minimize their liability for alleged job-related illnesses and injuries.
Some of the available defenses include:
If your company is facing a workers’ compensation claim, we can help you assess your potential exposure, protect your interests, and enforce your legal rights.
Our practice is dedicated to representing employers and insurance companies. With over 75 years of combined experience, our attorneys know what it means to effectively represent the interests of our clients. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys, please contact us today.