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Third-party liability claims in workers’ compensation cases

Most readers in Jasper, and elsewhere, are aware that some jobs have a greater risk for occupational injuries than others. On one level or another, however, there is danger for employees in nearly every field and profession to be injured on the job. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to three million workers sustained workplace injuries in 2012, the last year for which statistics were available, alone. While many injured employees rely on their workers’ compensation benefits to provide medical treatment coverage and wage benefits, there are some cases in which a third party may also be held liable for workers’ injuries.

Drowsiness and commercial drivers

Most readers in Jasper, and elsewhere, have been drowsy at one point or another in their lifetimes. While this sleepy state that immediately precedes sleep is typically just an indication that slumbers are near, drowsiness can be highly dangerous for drivers. In a recent report by the New York Times, it was reported that driving while drowsy is one of the leading causes of highway crashes, many of which involve large commercial vehicles.

Man’s death may have been caused by nursing home neglect

Nursing home residents in Jasper, and elsewhere, can include people of all ages who, to some level or another, are unable to care for themselves. This can be for any number of reasons, including medical conditions or mental illness. Often, they, or their families, make the decision to live in a nursing home to ensure that their needs are met and they receive the care they require. As a result, nursing home neglect can be a very serious issue, with potentially fatal consequences.

What documentation can strengthen workers' compensation claims?

Under Alabama's workers' compensation law, workers who suffer occupational injuries or illnesses may be entitled to receive benefits. Workers' compensation benefits can include weekly earnings compensation, in addition to coverage of any hospital, medical or rehabilitation expenses for care that are reasonable and medically necessary, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.

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