Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Assisting Injured Birmingham Employees
Birmingham workers’ compensation attorney Joseph A. Ingram represents employees in many Alabama industries who have been hurt on the job. Mr. Ingram understands the stress that these accidents may cause, both for an injured person and for his or her family. He works aggressively to pursue the full benefits that victims deserve to help them get back on their feet. Mr. Ingram can walk you through the claims process, negotiate with employers and insurers, and represent you in an appeal if needed.
Establishing Eligibility for Benefits After Suffering a Back or Neck Injury
Many people in Alabama may suffer back or neck injuries on the job. For example, a grocery store clerk may slip and fall in a slick aisle, or a warehouse worker may suffer a forklift accident. These injuries may be severe and often limit a person’s ability to return to a job. When this happens, workers’ compensation benefits play a critical role in blunting the financial impact on the employee and the employee’s family.
Workers’ compensation is essentially an insurance system. Employers typically pay into a large reservoir of money, which is then available to employees who are injured on the job. State law requires employers with five or more workers to offer these benefits. They typically include money for medical bills and some lost wages.
To be eligible for benefits, a worker must show that the back or neck injury happened in the course of his or her job. This means that the accident happened at a place where the worker could reasonably have expected to be as part of the job and that he or she was performing job or incidental duties when it happened. A pizza delivery driver, for example, would likely be entitled to benefits for injuries sustained in a car accident while he is directly returning to the store from a delivery. If he takes the long way back so that he can pick up his daughter at school, on the other hand, the question is a little more complicated.
One of the most common defenses that employers or insurers may raise in trying to avoid paying benefits is that the worker’s injuries were the result of a pre-existing condition. In other words, the employer may say that a worker involved in a car accident on the job already had chronic back and neck pain before the crash. This means that a person seeking benefits needs to gather medical documentation and other evidence to clearly show that any injuries were caused at least in part by the workplace accident. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help compile this evidence and present it in the strongest possible manner.
Discuss Your Workers’ Compensation Claim with a Birmingham Attorney
Committed to fighting for people who have been hurt on the job, Birmingham workers’ compensation lawyer Joseph A. Ingram has over a decade of experience helping injured employees navigate the benefits process. He proudly serves people in many areas of Alabama, including in Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Florence, Clanton, Scottsboro, Anniston, Ashville, Alabaster, and communities throughout Jefferson, Calhoun, Chilton, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Saint Clair, and Shelby Counties. Contact us online or at 205-438-6666 to set up a consultation. You can reach us after hours or during emergencies by calling 205-335-2640. Mr. Ingram also is available to assist Alabama residents who need a family law or criminal defense attorney.