NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.
Select a state from the dropdown menu below to scroll through the state specific archives for updates and opinions on various workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Contact information for NWCDN members is also located on the state specific links in the event you have additional questions or your company is seeking a workers’ compensation lawyer in your state.
Alabama’s Exclusivity Doctrine Fails to Protect Employer from Wrongful Death Claim Following Employee’s Fatal Heart Attack at Work
The Alabama Supreme Court recently denied a petition filed by a large retail chain for a Writ of Mandamus. The petition was filed as the result of the trial court denying the defendant employer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. It was the position of the employer that its employee’s wrongful death claim was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. The only written opinion was authored by Justice Mitchell who dissented. Justice Mitchell explained that any injury that an employee suffers because of employer provided treatment following a work accident should be considered as arising out of the employment. He also noted that the Alabama Supreme Court had previously held that the existence of an employer/employee relationship between a decedent and a defendant at the time of death triggered the exclusivity doctrine and made workers’ compensation death benefits the sole remedy for the decedent’s dependents.
Alabama Supreme Court Makes Emergency Pandemic Rule Regarding Settlement Procedure Permanent
On December 30, 2021, the Alabama Supreme Court adopted Rule 47 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration, providing that a Circuit Court shall dismiss any pending action seeking workers’ compensation benefits when (1) the parties have reached a settlement, (2) the settlement has been reviewed and approved by an Alabama Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Division Ombudsman, and (3) the parties file the approved settlement agreement, along with a joint stipulation of dismissal with the Court.
About the Author
Mike Fish, 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 the sole Alabama member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. If you have any questions about this submission or Alabama workers’ compensation in general, please contact Fish by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him directly at 205-332-1448.