Today marks 100 years since the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act went into effect. Back then, it was known as the Alabama Workmen’s Compensation Act. While it has been expanded in the last century, much of the original 33 page Act (now closer to 450 pages including annotations) has remained unchanged.
Although there has been some recent controversy as to the constitutionality of the Act, it remains a much better alternative to employees having to prove tort liability and tort liability exposure for employers.
As the Honorable E.R. Mills so adeptly stated in Singletary v. Mangham Construction, 418 So.2d 1138 (Fla. 1st DCA, 1982), “Workers’ compensation is a very important field of the law, if not the most important. It touches more lives than any other field of the law. It involves the payments of huge sums of money. The welfare of human beings, the success of business, and the pocketbooks of consumers are affected daily by it.”