If you were recently injured in an accident, you’ve probably already made one or more mistakes that could fatally harm your claim. You should document the location of the collision, the vehicles involved, including make, model, color, and license number, the people involved, including drivers, passengers, and witnesses, the damage to the vehicles, and the drivers’ licenses and insurance policies involved. Brooks Camp is set between two lakes connected by a short river with a six-foot-high waterfall halfway between the lakes.Read More
Compensation for Work Related Injury or Illness
In order to avail the benefits provided by workers’ compensation, you are required to prove that the injury or illness is related to your work. Rephrased in legal jargon, the unfortunate event must be “arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment,” commonly abbreviated as AOE/COE. Know the rules that dictate whether or not an employee’s injury or illness is work-related and covered by the workers’ compensation.
If, however, fooling around or breaking rules in the workplace is excused by the employer, or is a commonly accepted behavior in the workplace, the courts consider injuries sustained during such times as work-related injuries and workers’ compensation benefits can be availed.
Illnesses and diseases that develop because of constant strain on the worker are covered by the workers’ comp. Diseases related to work as well as psychological or physical illnesses resulting due to long-term exposure to stress and strain are all covered by the workers’ comp. However, in such instances, there is a difficulty in attempting to prove whether the illness is work-related or not. Different states have different rules for such situations. For more information, you are required to check out the employees’ rights booklet provided by your employer that lists down the injuries and illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation.
Some exceptions exist. For example, injuries sustained while the worker was drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs are not covered by the workers’ comp. The coverage is not provided if the injured worker was:
- Hurting himself or others intentionally
- Breaking work-related rules intentionally
- Perpetrating a serious crime, or
- Fooling around in the workplace, aka horseplay
Seek a lawyer
Many times a worker's injury or illness may be of a dubious origin, a gray area when it comes to understand worker's comp coverage. In these special circumstances, it is always worth seeking a lawyer’s expertise. The lawyer may be able to tell you whether or not you qualify for the benefits. As a lawyer is aware of your state laws he may be the best counsel in such matters.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Todd Burnham
- John S. Edmunds
- Chad A. Bowers
- Brian C. Pascale
- Mark L. Venardi
- Brian S. Chacker
- Paul J. Giuffre
- Brian K. Findley
- Bill Zook
- Joseph M. Schreiber
- Wayne E. Holcomb
- Elnur Veliev
Todd Burnham, the managing partner at Burnham Law, provides dedicated legal representation to clients throughout Colorado with offices in Boulder, Denver (Cherry Creek and DTC), Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins. Burnham Law is now regularly regarded as a sophisticated law firm comprised of exceptionally talented strategic litigators.In 1995, Mr. Burnham received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hobart College where he was a two-time All American lacrosse player. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 2000.Burnham Law is the benchmark for excellence in Family Law in Colorado. www.burnhamlaw.com,
John S. Edmunds
Attorney John S. Edmunds is a partner with Edmunds Verga & Omonaka Attorneys at Law, a Law Corporation, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Edmunds devotes his practice to plaintiff personal injury law, business litigation and criminal defense. He has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of the accused as well as those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone elses negligence.Born in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Edmunds graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1964. He then attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he received honors from his involvement with the moot court. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1967, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.Throughout his career, Mr. Edmunds has proven himself a dedicated and tireless advocate for those he serves who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcome possible for his clients. Recognized for his professionalism and service, he holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received numerous other accolades from his peers along with many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.A leader in his field, Mr. Edmunds served in a number of leadership roles for various legal organizations and judicial commissions. He is also a member of American Bar Association and the Hawaii Academy of Plaintiffs Attorneys, where he has served on the board of governors from 1982 to 1983 and then again, each year since 1995. He is also a Master of the Bench for the American Inns of Court and once served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii.Furthermore, Mr. Edumunds published Prepaid Legal Service: Its Development and Future for the Hawaii Bar Journal, and he has served on the adjunct legal faculty at the University of Hawaii School of Law. He has also served on the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and he has served as chairman for the Prepaid Legal Services Committee of the Hawaii State Bar Association.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
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Chad A. Bowers
Attorney Chad A. Bowers is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Chad Bowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Possessing extensive legal experience in a variety of legal areas, Mr. Bowers provides exceptional advocacy and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Nevada, Utah and Idaho who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, professional negligence, dog bites and animal attacks, and other acts of negligence,· Institutional and clergy sexual abuse,· White collar criminal defense,· Business litigation,An honors graduate of the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in economics, Mr. Bowers attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2000. He is licensed to practice in Nevada, Utah and Idaho, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.A staunch advocate for justice, Mr. Bowers has achieved unprecedented success fighting for the rights and entitlements of those he has served. Among his most notable successes include an astounding jury verdict of $32 million against a major tire manufacturer for the injuries and death caused by its defective product. He also obtained a judgement of nearly $10 million in a case involving clergy sexual abuse along with several multimillion-dollar awards for car accident victims.Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Bowers has published a number of articles and conducted lectures across his region on a variety of legal topics, and he has served as counsel in several cases that resulted in published opinions.
Brian C. Pascale
Attorney Brian C. Pascale is a partner at WeitzPascale in Mineola, New York. Mr. Pascale primarily focuses his practice on personal injury law, representing individuals injured due to negligence. He also handles medical malpractice, labor actions and internet tort matters, serving clients throughout the state of New York.Dedicated to providing personalized service, Mr. Pascale has more than 10 years of experience litigating complex matters on behalf of injury victims. A seasoned litigator, he has been recognized by various organizations for his accomplishments.The American Society of Legal Advocates named Mr. Pascale one of the Top 40 under 40 litigation lawyersin New York multiple years in a row. In addition, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys awarded him the top 10 under 40 attorney awardfor New York, and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys listed him among the 10 best personal injury attorneysin New York in terms of client satisfaction.In addition to running his law practice, Mr. Pascale enjoys staying actively involved in his legal community. He is a longtime member of the New York State Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is the co-chair of its technology committee.Mr. Pascale earned a bachelors degree from Hofstra University and received his law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He obtained his license to practice law in 2006, which qualifies him to practice before all courts in the state of New York.
Mark L. Venardi
Attorney Mark L. Venardi is a partner at Venardi Zurada LLP in Orinda, California. Mr. Venardi practices personal injury law, employment law, and business litigation serving clients in Oakland, Walnut Creek, the San Francisco Bay Area, Redding, and greater Northern California.Mr. Venardi has more than 25 years of experience handling a variety of matters in his chosen areas of law. He holds a license to practice law in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.Recognizing his accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Venardi with an AV Preeminent peer review rating and The National Trial Lawyers listed him among the top 100 trial attorneys.In addition, his personal injury settlements and verdicts have earned him membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.Active in the legal community, Mr. Venardi is a member of several professional organizations including the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, The State Bar of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He also belongs to the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association.Mr. Venardi earned a bachelors degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College and the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Prior to his legal career, he spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard performing marine law enforcement and search and rescue missions.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Brian S. Chacker
As an attorney with Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brian S. Chacker provides high-quality counsel and representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey who have legal needs in the following practice areas:,· Medical malpractice litigation,· Personal injury,· Premises liability,· Commercial litigation,· Real estate litigation,· Landlord-tenant disputes,· Civil rights,After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts, Mr. Chacker attended Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1999. Both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year. Additionally, Mr. Chacker is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.A dedicated professional, Mr. Chacker remains actively involved in several professional organizations, including the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Temple American Inn of Court, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania bar associations. He has also held classes and seminars on topics related to settlement negotiations and tort case evaluations.Devoted to helping those in his community, Mr. Chacker is also a member of the Bar Foundations Young Lawyers Division of the Andrew Hamilton Circle. This philanthropic organization, which is part of the Philadelphia Bar Association, helps provide access to legal services for the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Paul J. Giuffre
Paul Giuffre is the principal of Giuffre Law Office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A native of Western Pennsylvania, Paul was born and raised in a small town just outside of Pittsburgh. He received both his college degree and his law degree from Duquesne University and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990. He began his career as a prosecutor with the Allegheny District Attorneys Office.After gaining valuable trial experience, Paul left the DAs Office to pursue private practice, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense cases. Before starting his current firm, Paul was a founding member of a Downtown Pittsburgh firm, which concentrated on plaintiffs medical malpractice matters and catastrophic injury cases. He has litigated cases in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Erie, Fayette, Mercer, Washington, Westmoreland, and Venango counties.Paul chose to move his practice to suburban Pittsburgh, near his hometown, and to broaden his practice. Paul continues to focus on representing people seriously injured by others, but also uses his extensive trial experience to help people in need of quality, legal representation in other personal injury, criminal defense, and general litigation matters. His current practice allows him to take a hands-on approach to every aspect of each case. Paul believes this approach allows him to better know his clients and; therefore, understand and zealously advocate for their needs.Paul is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Paul is also an invited member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.He is an active member of his parish and community. Paul was a founding member of a local, volunteer ambulance service and presently serves on a number of committees and boards, including acting as a member of the distribution committee of the Clarence S. & Margaret F. Fugh Foundation, which awards scholarships to local students and grants to civic, charitable, and religious organizations. Outside interests are focused on his family with his wife and their daughters.
Brian K. Findley
A partner at Mulligan, Banham & Findley, Brian K. Findley focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firms office in San Diego, California, he provides representation to clients who have been harmed by medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, defective products and nursing home abuse.Mr. Findley graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and psychology. He then went on to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 2007. While in law school, Mr. Findley served on the editorial board of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. Prior to joining his current firm in 2012, he was an attorney with a San Diego-based consumer class action law firm. Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Findley is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his successful track record as well as for his high degree of ethics, Mr. Findley has received a 10.0 Superb peer-review rating through Avvo. A member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, he has also been selected to the San Diego Business Journals annual Best of the Bar list. Mr. Findley is an active participant in several professional organizations. He serves on the board of directors of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and is active in leadership positions in the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Bill Zooks dedication to defending peoples rights began during his service as a captain in the U.S. Army, during which he earned the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his bravery. Now, with over 35 years of experience defending consumers and injured clients, Mr. Zook, an associate with Ted Lyon & Associates, continues to be one of Texass most effective personal injury attorneys. He represents clients in Mesquite and Dallas, devoting the majority of his attention to litigation in areas such as personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, professional negligence and wrongful death. Board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Zook has more than 100 jury successes under his belt.High academic achievement was the cornerstone of Mr. Zooks career. He received his Bachelor of Science in English from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was on the deans list. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law in 1976, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas; before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas; and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits.Mr. Zooks high reputation has earned him the recognition of his peers, with the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell. He is an active member of several associations, including the Dallas and Mesquite bar associations, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice.AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Joseph M. Schreiber
As one of the founders of the Schreiber | Knockaert, PLLC, Joseph M. Schreiber represents individuals and small businesses against large businesses and the government. We give voice and power to the powerless. We fight nonstop for the rights of individuals who have been injured. Specifically, Schreiber handles personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of injured persons or their survivors. He handles employment matters on behalf of of employees and executives, including failure to pay overtime, discrimination and wrongful termination cases, and represents executives and professionals in negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompetition agreements. The firm handles business litigation on both the plaintiff and defendant sides. Schreiber represents,Mr. Schreiber is admitted to practice in Texas state courts, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the eastern, western, northern and southern districts of Texas.Before coming to Texas, Mr. Schreiber studied at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in cultural anthropology and urban studies. After graduating with honors, he worked as a teacher in east Arkansas as part of Teach For America, for two years before going on to earn his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he also graduated with honors. Schreiber began his legal career at the large firms of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and Bracewell, LLP, before going out on his own with Erik Knockaert.Involved in professional organizations including the Houston Bar Association and Houston Trial Lawyers Assocaition, Mr. Schreiber has spoken about personal injury litigation, ethics and other topics at legal education events and professional conferences. He has also written articles that were published in legal journals and professional publications for the petroleum and chemical industries. In his spare time, he enjoys writing fiction and has published two crime novels.
Wayne E. Holcomb
Wayne E. Holcomb is the founder of Holcomb Law, P.C. with offices in Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he represents clients in divorce and family law, criminal/traffic defense and personal injury law. He has litigation experience in Virginia state and federal courts. He is also a Mediator, first certified by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2004.Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Holcomb served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a pilot and legal officer. Before joining the military, he completed his undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. While he was serving in the Navy, Mr. Holcomb earned a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Old Dominion University.Upon retiring from military service, Mr. Holcomb chose to call Virginia home, and subsequently enrolled at Regent University School of Law. He graduated in 2008 and went on to work as an associate attorney at Pender & Coward, a prestigious firm in Virginia Beach, before starting his own law practice in 2010.Mr. Holcomb and his firm have been named the Daily Press Peoples Choice in both Family Law and Criminal Defense for the last three years running, adding Mediation Services to that award in 2018. The firm has also received a Ten Best Award in Virginia for client satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and by the Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and Mr. Holcomb was been named a Rising Star by Top Lawyers in 2016-2018. Holcomb Law is a Clients Choice Award winner on the lawyer referral site Avvo.Mr. Holcomb is also a member of a large number of professional organizations, including Trial Masters, the National College for DUI Defense, the American Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the family and criminal sections of the Virginia State Bar.Mr. Holcomb serves on his local School Board, chairs the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board in Newport News, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Devoted to public outreach and education about the legal system, he has written articles and e-books on a variety of topics, including divorce, child custody, reckless driving, criminal defense and expungement of criminal records.
Elnur Veliev represents the people of Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area as an attorney at Greenblatt & Veliev LLC. With a focus on personal injury law, particularly motor vehicle accidents and workers compensation claims, he has years of experience representing the rights of the injured. As a law student, he helped obtain Social Security Disability benefits for low-income D.C. residents in the HIV AIDS Clinics and continues his quest to obtain compensation for all those who have been wronged by another.Mr. Veliev attended George Mason University, where he majored in international politics and government, then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the State of Maryland, he also has a background in marketing and previously helped small businesses work with the U.S. Patent Office to complete patent applications.Mr. Veliev is fluent in Turkish, Russian, Azeri and English, and he can also communicate on a conversational level in Spanish. He strives to be available to his clients around the clock and offers home, evening, weekend and hospital visits when necessary.Those who have been injured at the hands of another may deal with overwhelming medical costs, unpaid bills from loss of income and property repairs that are hard to budget for. Mr. Veliev works to obtain compensation for the injured to improve their quality of life and allow them to focus on healing rather than financial stability.
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