LGWM’s Worker’s Compensation Practice Group has developed a reputation as an Alabama leader in workers’ compensation defense. LGWM’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group’s attorneys represent a wide range of clients across the state, including large and small employers, workers’ compensation insurance carriers, self-insured workers’ compensation funds and third party administrators relating to claims for benefits under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. LGWM also has an active role in various workers’ compensation organizations, with its attorneys serving as prominent members of the Alabama State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section, Alabama Workers’ Compensation Organization and Alabama Self Insured Association.
Our experience spans all types of workers’ compensation claims, including claims for scheduled and unscheduled bodily injuries, emotional injuries, catastrophic or fatal injuries, exposure claims, Medicare set-asides, repetitive traumas (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) and occupational diseases. LGWM also defends pneumoconiosis claims under the Federal Black Lung Act. LGWM further defends a wide range of claims ancillary to worker’s compensation claims, including claims for outrage, bad faith and retaliatory discharge.
In addition to litigating workers’ compensation cases, we also advise clients on developing, drafting and implementing personnel and workers’ compensation policies and procedures ensuring effective employment relations and compliance with Alabama and Federal law. From counseling to pre-litigation settlements to trial, LGWM successfully handles all of its clients’ workers’ compensation needs.
If our Workers’ Compensation Practice Group can assist you in any manner, please contact:
- Represented a global automobile supplier in a case brought by over 50 plaintiffs claiming chemical exposure in the workplace.
- Represented employers against employee claims for carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, dupuytren’s concracture and trigger finger.
- Represented an employer in a claim for death benefits where there were issues as to whether the employee’s death was a result of his work-related injuries.
- Represented a restaurant chain regarding whether an employee’s injuries actually arose out of and in the course of the employee’s employment.
- Represented numerous employers as to worker’s compensation claims made by employees for medical benefits, scheduled benefits, permanent-partial disabilities and permanent disabilities.
- Represented numerous employers as to worker’s compensation claims for occupational diseases and exposures.
- Represented employer in two employee fatalities at an industrial plant.
- Represented a major construction company in scaffold collapse case injuring numerous employees.
- Represented employers against claims under the Employers’ Liability Act, which provides an alternative cause of action for workplace accidents and diseases not covered by the Alabama Worker’s Compensation Act.
- Represented a large coal company in Alabama against claims for black lung benefits before the Department of Labor, the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Benefits Review Board and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented a large manufacturer and co-employees against claims of fraud and willful conduct brought by a worker who suffered a lower extremity amputation in an industrial rail yard accident.
- Represented employers regarding the Medical Secondary Payer (MSP) statute and the Medicare, Medicaid and the SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA), as well as handling numerous cases involving Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs).
- Represented employers in workers’ compensation cases involving collective bargaining agreements.
- Represented employers to enforce subrogation liens by intervening in employee’s third-party case and obtained reimbursement in indemnity and medical benefits paid to plaintiff by the employers.
- Obtained a defense verdict for a large Madison County corporation in a workers' compensation case. Successfully argued the Plaintiff's accident was not caused by his employment, but was rather caused by an idiopathic factor, namely, a pre-existing torn meniscus.
- Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of global coal company in the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County in a workers' compensation hearing loss case. Successfully argued the Plaintiff's alleged hearing loss was not related to his employment.
- Successfully tried a workers' compensation case in Montgomery County, Alabama that involved a claim of successive injuries by Plaintiff. Trial judge assigned a 0% impairment rating regarding Plaintiff's first alleged injury and entered a defense verdict on Plaintiff's second alleged injury.
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