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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.

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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
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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 Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Killeen, TX

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO

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1845 Walnut Street, 19th Floor,, Philadelphia PA 19103
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Jean-Simon Serrano

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Riverside, CA

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Kyle C. Olive

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kirkland, WA

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James F. Imbriale

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Woodstock, GA

James F. Imbriale is the founder of and principal attorney at Imbriale Injury Law. Located in Woodstock, Georgia, he provides representation to residents of Cherokee County and other parts of the northern Atlanta metropolitan area who have suffered harm due to the negligence of other parties. The types of cases that Mr. Imbriale has handled in his personal injury and wrongful death practice have arisen out of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, animal bites, defective products, construction site and other workplace accidents, and premises liability. His defendants have included General Motors as well as large insurance providers such as State Farm, the Progressive Corporation and the Allstate Corporation, and he has successfully obtained numerous sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients.Mr. Imbriale attended Emory University in Atlanta as an undergraduate, majoring in economics and international studies. While there, he studied abroad in Paris for a semester through the Alliance Française. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1987, he enrolled at Emory University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1990. Mr. Imbriale started his current firm in 1998. Admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia as well. He is also a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.Frequently asked to speak on topics related to personal injury and wrongful death, Mr. Imbriale has delivered presentations before the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and other professional groups. He is an active participant in the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia, and he has received a Superb peer review rating through Avvo.

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145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 200,, Woodstock GA 30188

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