Each of us are different, and so are our injuries. You typically have to file a lawsuit within two years of the date of your work-injury. If it has been longer than two years, there are still some scenearios where you can bring a lawsuit. You should consult with an Alabama Workers Compensation Attorney immediately. You do not have time to spare.
Even after your lawsuit is filed, there are still several stages for the average Alabama Workers Compensation Claim.
The first thing that needs to take place is your medical treatment. The Alabama Workers Compensation Act requires that your employer provide you medical treatment for your work-injury. Getting you as healthy as is medically possible is the first priority. Your lawsuit focuses on what happens after your medical treatment has completed.
Workers Compensation medical treatment does not operate the same way that you might be familiar with through private care. You cannot select your own doctor. Workers Comp will pick your doctor, and you can ask for a second opinion if you want, but you only get to do that once. You should consult with an attorney before you spend your only second opinion. Workers Comp also has to approve your treatment. This can require more administrative wrangling that you might be accustomed to with private medical care.
Maximum Medical Improvement, or "MMI", is a term that indicates that your medical situation has stabilized. It doesn't mean you are fully healed, it means that you have healed as much as you are going to heal. You have reached a plateau. This means we now have a clear picture of how your work-injury has permanently affected you. We know how much you healed, and how much you didn't. We can now start to talk about how much money you are due in compensation for your permanent damages. If you are receiving Temporary Total Disability Checks, if your doctor releases you to return to work, then your checks will likely stop coming from Workers Comp. You should speak with an Alabama Workers Compensaton Attorney if you are worrried about your weekly checks stopping.
The Workers Comp Lawsuit starts when we file a Complaint. It doesn't have to be after you reach MMI, but it does need to be within two years of your injury. Here's a rough outline of the Workers' Compensation lawsuit process:
At any point in the process your workers comp claim can settle. You typicall don't get full settlement value unless we proceed at least through the point of your deposition. On average that is somewhere around 9 months. But, everyone's workers comp claim is different, and there are ways to make it go faster. Your claim certainly does not have to be average. To tell you more about your particular claim, I would have to know more about your case. You are invited to call me: (205) 335-4190 or complete one of my contact forms and I will reach out if I think I can help you.
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