Flexicrew Staffing, Inc.
Hayden D. Champion
Appeal from Baldwin Circuit Court. (CV-13-900169).
For Appellant: Joseph H. Driver, Tara W. Lockett, and E. Glenn Smith, Jr., of Carr Allison, Birmingham.
For Appellee: Eaton G. Barnard of Eaton G. Barnard & Associates, P.C., Mobile.
THOMPSON, Presiding Judge. Pittman, Thomas, Moore, and Donaldson, JJ., concur.
THOMPSON, Presiding Judge.
Flexicrew Staffing, Inc. (" Flexicrew" ), appeals from a judgment of the Baldwin Circuit Court (" the trial court" ) determining that injuries Hayden D. Champion sustained in a motor-vehicle accident were compensable under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act (" the Act" ), § 25-5-1 et seq., Ala. Code 1975. In the judgment, the trial court ordered Flexicrew " to provide Champion with all of the benefits to which he is entitled under [the Act] including, but not limited to, medical benefits and temporary total disability benefits for all of the injuries suffered by [Champion] on November 27, 2012."
The issue whether Champion is entitled to receive permanent-disability benefits is still pending in the trial court.
" '" It is a well established rule that, with limited exceptions, an appeal will lie only from a final judgment which determines the issues before the court and ascertains and declares the rights of the parties involved." ' Owens v. Owens, 739 So.2d 511, 513 (Ala.Civ.App. 1999), quoting Taylor v. Taylor, 398 So.2d 267, 269 (Ala. 1981).
" 'A final judgment is one that completely adjudicates all matters in controversy between all the parties.
" Eubanks v. McCollum, 828 So.2d 935, 937 (Ala.Civ.App. 2002)). (citations omitted)."
Adams v. NaphCare, Inc.,
869 So.2d 1179, 1181 (Ala.Civ.App. 2003). Because the judgment in this case does not completely adjudicate Champion's claims against Flexicrew, our initial inquiry must be to determine whether the judgment from which ...