Alabama State Bar Association Appoints Task Force to Examine Workers’ Compensation Act in Wake of Recent Constitutional Attack
As many of you know, an Alabama Circuit Judge recently issued an Order declaring the entire Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act unconstitutional. As a result, there have been many questions as to whether the constitutional issue would be appealed and what effect, if any; the ruling would have on other Alabama cases. The case in which the Order was issued recently settled which nullifies any chance of the constitutional issue reaching a higher court, at least in that case. As a result of this recent constitutional attack, the Alabama State Bar Association has appointed a task force to research the workers’ compensation laws of surrounding states in an effort to try to revise or amend certain provisions of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. While we can expect that a focus will be put on the $220.00 cap on permanent partial disability and the 15% contingency fee, other parts of the Act will be examined as well.
We will continue to report as this issue progresses or stalls.
About the Author
The article was written by Joshua G. Holden, Esq. a Member of Fish, Nelson & Holden, LLC, a law firm dedicated to representing employers, self-insured employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation and related liability matters. Mr. Holden is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. Holden and his firm are members of The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). The NWCDN is a national and Canadian network of reputable law firms organized to provide employers and insurers access to the highest quality representation in workers’ compensation and related employer liability fields.