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Powell & Denny--Alabama's Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys
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Don't really see the problem here. If-as the Supreme Court ruled-money (which is used to buy things) is equal to speech, and therefore there is no limit to the "political speech" groups can pay for-shouldn't the public know whose voice is behind a politician? The so called "power behind the throne?"
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If you or someone you care about lives in Limestone County, Alabama and have been denied disability benefits for an anxiety disorder, but you believe you are unable to hold down sustained employment, don't give us, call an experienced Alabama Disability Lawyer- Contact Powell and Denny.

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It does not matter who you are, or how serious your on-the-job injury is, workers' comp's number one focus is saving money-and they do that by denying expensive medical treatment to injured workers. Exhibit 1-the Police Officer shot in the attached story. Workers' comp is fighting him because they claim that the real reason the former officer cannot work is not because of the damage that was done when he was shot-but because he had diabetes (which was under control).

Seems silly, but that is the way workers comp insurance operates. NEVER assume that the comp carrier really cares if you get better or not as their first priority is the bottom line/profits.

I could not count the number of times I have had a client come in who was injured at work, but was informed that workers' comp was refusing to accept liability because 20 years earlier the worker had hurt the same body part while playing High School baseball or in an automobile accident. The workers' comp adjuster claims that the injured workers' disability is due to the workers' pre-existing condition and therefore not covered under Alabama's Workers' Compensation Laws. This defense rarely works.

In Alabama, if a worker has a pre-existing condition which has not stopped them from being able to adequately perform their job duties, the law views the condition as being irrelevant. If you can do your job duties and a job accident worsens an underlying condition, then workers' compensation has to pick up liability for the worsened condition. This is because under Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute, a job injury does not have to be the sole, or even the main, cause of an injured workers' disability; the job injury just has to be a contributing factor in the disability. Thus, if a work injury combines with or aggravates a pre-existing condition (which has not prevented the worker from performing their job duties in a normal manner) to cause a disability or death, then the workers' compensation insurance carrier is liable for said disability/death. As the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals stated:

"An actual aggravation of an existing infirmity, caused by an accident in the course of employment is compensable even though the accident would have caused no injury in a normal person." Reeves Rubber, Inc. v. Wallace, 912 So.2d 274, 280 (Ala.Civ.App.2005).

I have had actual discussions with insurance adjusters in which the adjuster was attempting to explain that my client's leg injury was really related to the fracture they suffered playing High School baseball 10 years earlier and not due to the fall from a roof top they suffered at work last week. If you hear this "defense" from an adjuster, you are most likely being given the run around and it is time to get a lawyer. If you have been told that liability for your work injury was being denied due to a pre-existing, don't hesitate to give one of the experienced Alabama Workers' Comp Attorneys at Powell and Denny a call.

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Your heart goes out to this author and how her life has been adversely affected by her mother's bipolar disorder.

Like all mental illnesses, bipolar disorder doesn't just affect those afflicted with the illness, it affects their family and loved ones as well.

If you live in Alabama, you aren't alone. Go to http://www.bipolarcentral.com/stateresources/alabama.php, or some other site to find support groups that will be there for you, and if you have questions about applying for Social Security Disability benefits, don't hesitate to contact the Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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Your heart goes out to this author and how her life has been adversely affected by her mother's bipolar disorder.

Like all mental illnesses, bipolar disorder doesn't just affect those afflicted with the illness, it affects their family and loved ones as well.

If you live in Alabama, you aren't alone. Go to http://www.bipolarcentral.com/stateresources/alabama.php, or some other site to find support groups that will be there for you, and if you have questions about applying for Social Security Disability benefits, don't hesitate to contact the Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a serious medical condition which can, and often does, prevent a person from holding down a full-time job or engaging in substantial gainful activity. Person's suffering from bipolar disorder experience severe mood swings; from periods of crushing depression in which getting out of bed to be around others can be an excruciating task, to times in which the person experiences manic highs in which nothing seems impossible and the person jumps from one excited idea to another without ever finishing a task. As severe as the depression can be, often persons suffering from manic depression do not like taking medication for their condition because the manic highs are so enthralling, but when questioned, they generally all say that during their highs they often engage in dangerous activities without regard for the consequences and that during this period it is hard for others to be around them. If it is difficult for someone to be around their family due to severe depression, or if manic highs make it difficult for one's family to be around someone who is suffering from bipolar disorder, imagine how difficult it is for them to be at work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year without being fired.

The Social Security Administration considers bipolar disorder a disabling condition when the person has a history of periods characterized with both manic and depressive symptoms which causes at least two of the following: (i) marked restrictions in activities of daily living; (ii) marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; (iii) marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace or (iv) results in repeated episodes of decompensation of extended duration. Listing 12.04.
When filing for Social Security Disability benefits due to the effects of manic depression, it is vital to have a well documented mental health history. In many situations the person suffering from bipolar disorder/manic depression has been without a job and does not have insurance. In these cases, it is important that the person has availed themselves to any free or discounted medical care available to them in the region in which they live; it takes a medical professional to diagnosis bipolar disorder.

If you live in Alabama, and have been diagnosed as suffering with bipolar disorder or manic depression and you have been denied Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, don't give up, contact the experienced Alabama Disability attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't.

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Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a serious medical condition which can, and often does, prevent a person from holding down a full-time job or engaging in substantial gainful activity. Person's suffering from bipolar disorder experience severe mood swings; from periods of crushing depression in which getting out of bed to be around others can be an excruciating task, to times in which the person experiences manic highs in which nothing seems impossible and the person jumps from one excited idea to another without ever finishing a task. As severe as the depression can be, often persons suffering from manic depression do not like taking medication for their condition because the manic highs are so enthralling, but when questioned, they generally all say that during their highs they often engage in dangerous activities without regard for the consequences and that during this period it is hard for others to be around them. If it is difficult for someone to be around their family due to severe depression, or if manic highs make it difficult for one's family to be around someone who is suffering from bipolar disorder, imagine how difficult it is for them to be at work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year without being fired.

The Social Security Administration considers bipolar disorder a disabling condition when the person has a history of periods characterized with both manic and depressive symptoms which causes at least two of the following: (i) marked restrictions in activities of daily living; (ii) marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; (iii) marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace or (iv) results in repeated episodes of decompensation of extended duration. Listing 12.04.
When filing for Social Security Disability benefits due to the effects of manic depression, it is vital to have a well documented mental health history. In many situations the person suffering from bipolar disorder/manic depression has been without a job and does not have insurance. In these cases, it is important that the person has availed themselves to any free or discounted medical care available to them in the region in which they live; it takes a medical professional to diagnosis bipolar disorder.

If you live in Alabama, and have been diagnosed as suffering with bipolar disorder or manic depression and you have been denied Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, don't give up, contact the experienced Alabama Disability attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

Powell and Denny: We Work When You Can't.
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In the attached article, the author references a study which showed only 34% of coal mining related job injuries were reported in Illinois-the 4th leading coal producing State (Alabama is number 14).

If you work in Alabama and have been injured on the job, as long as (i) your employer regularly had 5 employees who worked for them, (ii) your injury occurred while you were performing your job duties (you weren't goofing off) and (iii) and you were not guilty of any willful misconduct or under the influence of anything, you should be entitled to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits. Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute is clear and unambiguous, however far too often an injured worker will be informed that their job injury will not be covered under workers' compensation. The reasons behind the denial of workers' compensation vary, and many of the ones the Alabama Work Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny hear are not credible.

One of the most common excuses we hear for the denial of Alabama workers' compensation benefits is because the adjuster states the injury was preexisting; what they don't explain is that in Alabama, if a worker has a pre-existing condition which has not stopped them from being able to adequately perform their job duties, our workers' compensation law views the condition as being irrelevant. If you can do your job duties and a job accident worsens an underlying condition, then workers' compensation has to pick up liability for the worsened condition. I have had actual discussions with insurance adjusters in which the adjuster was attempting to explain that my client's leg injury was really related to the fracture they suffered playing High School sports and not due to the fall from a roof top they suffered at work.

Another reason given to those who have suffered job injuries for denying their claim for Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits is because the injured worker did not inform their employer of their job injury quickly enough. While it is true that according to Ala.Code §25-5-78, an injured workers is supposed to provide written notice of a workplace injury within 5 days of the on-the-job injury, this section goes on to state that, in Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury and an oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report. This is because often a worker is not sure if they have suffered a serious injury or just a sprain, so they do not report the injury at first, but only later file a workers' compensation injury report when their pain refuses to go away.

If you have suffered a work related injury but were denied Alabama Workers' Compensation Benefits, don't give up. Call and experienced Alabama Job Injury attorney at Powell and Denny for a free consultation.

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