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On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:00 am (CST) a panel of experienced workers’ compensation defense attorneys representing different regions of the United States will present a timely and comprehensive webinar entitled”The COVID-19 Ripple Effect: Economic and Medical Impact on the Payment of Temporary Disability Benefits” at the Center for Education Excellence. This is

 
On April 6, 2020 at 10:00am (CST) Minnesota attorney, Mark Kleinschmidt, will present a timely and
comprehensive webinar entitled “COVID-19: FACTS and FEAR for a Workers’ Compensation Claim” at the Center for Education Excellence. This is
the first of a series of free webinars sponsored by WorkersCompensation.com in collaboration
with the National Workers’

 
On March 18, 2020, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tom Parker, issued an Order setting forth temporary rules regarding workers’ compensation settlements. 
Per the Order, the following rules will be in effect through April 16, 2020:
 

  • Any workers’ compensation settlement hearing in any court may be conducted telephonically or by videoconferencing.
  • Any workers’
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    In Alabama, an occupational disease is defined as “a disease arising out of and in the course of employment… which is due to hazards in excess of
    those ordinarily incident to employment in general and is peculiar to the occupation in which the employee is engaged
    but without regard to negligence or fault, if any,

     
    On March 18, 2020, the Director of the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) Workers’ Compensation Division, Steve Garrett, released a Memorandum concerning
    the Ombudsman Program.  ADOL  Ombudsmen travel the state and assist with finalizing settlements and also act as mediators at no cost to the
    parties.  Per the Memorandum, the ADOL is constantly monitoring

     
    Alabama Court Appearances Temporarily Suspended
     
    On March 13, 2020, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an administrative order which suspended all court appearances for 30 days.  On March 15, 2020, the Court issued a second order which clarified that the first order only applied to in-person court proceedings.   
     
    Alabama Department of Labor

     
    Earlier today (2/28/20), the World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that the risk of spread and impact of the coronavirus is now very high at a “global level”. So how will this affect workers’ compensation in Alabama?  Most likely in a similar manner to how it will affect workers’ compensation in