Workers' Compensation Benefits: How Much is a Limb Worth?
May 11, 2015
In Alabama, there are two kinds of work injuries. The first is an injury to the body as a whole. This is an injury that effects the entire body such as a neck, shoulder, back, or hip injury. The second type of injury is what is called a scheduled injury. This is an injury that effects only a part of the body such as an arm, a leg, a finger, or a toe. While scheduled injuries can be both devastating and life changing, the recovery for such an injury is extremely limited. Click the link below and see how scheduled injuries in Alabama measure up to the same type injuries in other states and, as always, please feel free to give us a call here at the firm if you have any questions or need our help. > Learn more.
The $220.00 Cap and Its Effect on Injured Alabama Workers: An Employers' and Employees' Perspective
March 17, 2015
Oftentimes, the outcome of a workers’ compensation case in Alabama will be determined, at least in part, by what is known as the “220 cap.” Under Alabama law, if an injured worker sustains a permanent partial disability or a scheduled injury as a result of an on-the-job accident, the compensation available to the injured worker is limited to no more $220 per week for the enumerated number of weeks of benefits. Unlike the minimum and maximum compensation rates, which are adjusted each year on the first day of July, the draconian, outdated 220 cap remains the same as it was when it was implemented decades ago. A few years ago, Vincent Swiney co-authored an article addressing the injured employee’s perspective on this issue and it's contents are still applicable today. We hope you will enjoy it and find it informative. > Read article.
Never Contentious: Lawyer for Birmingham Judge Praises City's Response in Lawsuit Settlement
October 07, 2014
The months-long workplace injury case between Judge Brendette Brown Green and the city was recently settled for about $35,000 in an agreement reached through mediation. "I am pleased to say that, as it did in the beginning with Judge Green's medical treatment, the city stepped up to the plate and compensated her for her permanent injuries pursuant to the law, as it would for any employee, regardless of their title or position," her attorney, Vincent Swiney, told AL.com. > Read full story.