Hendricks v. KW Plastics, Inc., --- So.2d ----, 2008 WL 4531577 (Ala.Civ.App. 2008):
An employee took his workers' compensation case to trial without the benefit of an attorney. Although he proved that he was involved in an otherwise compensable workers' compensation accident, he was unable to prove that he had any permanent impairment or vocational loss. As such, the trial judge ruled in favor of the employer except that the future medical benefits were ordered to remain open for life. Summary judgment was also granted in favor of the employer on the employee's retaliatory discharge claim. the employee missed his appeal deadline for the retaliatory discharge judgment. His appeal on the workers' compensation claim was remanded to the trial court for a determination that the Order was final and thus appealable.