Claim for double-compensation penalty in workers’ compensation is not subject to Rule 59

The Supreme Court answered the question of first impression of whether a claim for the double- compensation penalty of Ala. Code 25-5-8(e) is subject to the time restrictions of Rule 59.  The Court held that, because it is a penalty distinct from the underlying judgment,  it is not.  Therefore, a request for the double-compensation penalty made more than 30 days after the entry of judgment is timely.  Ex parte Ruggs, [Ms. 1061379] (Ala. Aug. 22, 2008).