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Entries in Workers’ Compensation; Constitutional Question (1)


Straight to the Heart of Dixie: Alabama Workers' Compensation Act Ruled Unconstitutional

On Monday, May 8, a Jefferson County (Birmingham) Circuit Court Judge found two specific provisions of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act unconstitutional, and because one or more provisions of the law were unconstitutional, the entire law was struck down.  The two provisions at issue were a maximum cap of $220 per week in indemnity benefits, and a 15% cap on attorneys’ fees, both long the subject of debate and discontent in the legal community.  The maximum benefit cap dates back to 1987, when $220 would have been more reasonable as a cap than it is in today’s economy. (In comparison, the current maximum cap on indemnity benefits in Maine is $789.35). The 15% cap on attorney’s fees is also dated, and at this point serves to prevent access to legal assistance in some instances.  After finding these two provisions to be unconstitutional in the case before him, Circuit Judge Pat Ballard then stayed his decision for 120 days, to allow the Legislature to respond to his decision in the case.

What does this matter to employers in Maine, you might wonder?  It is a signal of a trend that began to gain momentum about a year and a half ago of various stakeholders calling for strict examination of the benefit and legal access provisions of State workers’ compensation laws. 

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