Ala. Code § 25-5-80 sets forth the general statute of limitations applicable in a workers’ compensation case. The statute of limitations or legal deadline for Alabama workers’ compensation claims is the later of two years from the date of the accident or two years from the last workers’ compensation benefit paid to you. It does not extend the statute of limitations when you are provided medical treatment, because only compensation benefits extends the two years. For non-accidental injuries (for example, carpal tunnel syndrome that develops over time or certain breathing problems that result from exposures at work), the statute of limitations can be two years from the date you were last exposed to a condition that made the problem worse (also known as the date of “last injurious exposure”). Once a lawsuit is filed, the statute of limitations is tolled. Even if an injured worker allows the statute of limitations to run, it has no effect on the employee’s right to future medical care, as long as the worker is able to prove legal and medical causation.