Workers’ Comp For Contract Lineman Shocked By Power Line?

October 23, 2017

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A lineman in Birmingham was recently medivacked to a nearby hospital after he received a shock from a power line. The man was working as a contractor for Cullman Electric Cooperative when he was injured in the vicinity of County Road 703 and Walter. Cullman Electric confirmed that he works for a Chattanooga, TN-based electric company, APL Power Services.

Cullman Electric said it will launch an investigation. OSHA is also likely to investigate the matter. These investigations may identify an unsafe workplace was to blame for the lineman’s injuries.

Under Alabama law, a business like Cullman Electric isn’t required to pay workers’ compensation premiums for contractors. It must pay for workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

According to the APL Power Services website, it provides flame retardant-treated work clothing at no cost to employees. Workers’ tools and boots may be eligible for a payroll deduction program. It’s unclear if the company hires workers as employees or as per diem adjunct staff for clients.

If you are injured as a contractor and your employer doesn’t pay for workers’ comp and/or health and medical benefits, where should you go for help?

  1. When possible, document the accident as carefully as possible.
  2. In this example, the lineman would notify both Cullman Electric Cooperative and APL Power Services.
  3. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney in your case, the sooner he can collect the details surrounding the case. He will interview witnesses, obtain incident reports, and so on.

An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury law firm can help you obtain financial resources for medical and hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Alabama personal injury attorneys at the Liddon Law Firm for an initial case evaluation now.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

Deadly Three-Vehicle Truck Accident Kills an Alabama Man

October 9, 2017

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An elderly man was killed in a crash involving three vehicles in Blount County, Alabama. He was killed when his vehicle crashed into a larger Chevrolet Tahoe and a Freightliner semi-truck. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Neither of the drivers and passengers in the other two vehicles appeared injured.

This case, like so many others, involves a tragic intersection of passenger vehicles and semi-trucks. The result is often catastrophic injuries and/or death. The commercial Freightliner vehicle, because of its large mass, imparts tremendous force:

  • With 350-800 HP and GVW of approximately 50,000-60,000 pounds, a passenger vehicle is no match for a Freightliner semi-truck.
  • The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that some Freightliner trucks have potentially dangerous defects. Some models have defective cap screws. These can fail without advance warning to the driver. Some axles used on Freightliner trucks are also defective. For that reason, Freightliner recalled 11,000 trucks in 2016.

For that reason, a smaller passenger vehicle is typically crushed, mangled, or tossed to the side of the highway.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety data shows that truck accidents are quite common. In a recent annual report, more than 4,500 truck accidents occurred on the highways and roads of Alabama. Approximately 25 percent of people involved in truck accidents suffered serious bodily injuries, and about three percent lost their lives.

The data show that:

  • An Alabama truck accident happens approximately every two hours
  • At least two Alabama residents suffer injuries from a truck accident every day
  • Approximately two residents are killed each week in the aftermath of a tractor-trailer collision

Because of the catastrophic nature of serious truck accidents, victims must have an experienced personal injury attorney to represent their interests in court. A truck accident case is often too complex for a small or less experienced law firm to handle.

That’s why Liddon Law Firm is here to help. Our seasoned motor vehicle accident attorneys have the skills and insight you need to pursue a high profile truck accident case. Contact us now to schedule a confidential case review.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

Devastating Head-On Collision in Blount County

July 25, 2017

A crash on Wednesday morning has resulted in the death of three people – two children and their grandmother. According to officials, Alabama State troopers identified a 47-year-old Locust Form woman as well as her 7-year-old granddaughter. Officials pronounced them both dead on the scene. The other granddaughter, aged 5, was rushed to a nearby Blount hospital for treatment but was also pronounced dead.

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Dangers of Distracted Driving Highlighted in New Study

July 23, 2017

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) of Massachusetts has released their latest findings regarding distracted driving in a new study. The study, which took into account hundreds of thousands of drivers, showed that distraction by phone occurred in 52 percent of trips that resulted in a crash.

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Alabama Jury Returns One of the Largest Personal Injury Verdicts in History

July 21, 2017

An Alabama jury recently agreed that Dollar General was responsible for serious injuries a customer suffered—and awarded $1.725 million in damages to the injured customer in a verdict commentators are calling one of the largest such verdicts in the country, according to a recent article from AL.com.

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