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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.
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 Lawyers Pick
- Craig W. Carlson
- Catherine M. Michael
- Allegra C. Carpenter
- Steven A. Fabbro
- Joseph Steve Franco
- Shane Hobbs
- Shervin Lalezary
- James H. Price, III
- Mark A. Anderson
- Edward J. Nuttall, III
- James Gooding
- Hung (Alex) Q. Nguyen
Craig W. Carlson
As a partner at The Carlson Law Firm, Craig W. Carlson brings decades of experience fighting for his clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, military law, product liability and mass torts in the Killeen, Texas, area. His time in the military has given him a working knowledge of military law, but he is also adept in handling civilian trials throughout the state. He has experience with mass torts and medical malpractice cases across the country.Mr. Carlson received his bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Nebraska College of Law in 1989. The same year, he became licensed to practice law in Nebraska. He enlisted in the United States Army JAG Corps, serving as a claims officer, prosecutor, and trial defense officer from 1989 to 1994, and shortly after, he became licensed to practice law in Texas. Mr. Carlson is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.Widely recognized by his peers, Mr. Carlson has earned an AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He additionally holds a Superb rating from his peers through Avvo. Having represented clients in cases resulting in substantial settlements and awards, Mr. Carlson is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.In order to continually improve his practice, Mr. Carlson participates as a member of multiple legal organizations, including the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American, Bell County and Fort Hood bar associations. He is additionally a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, L.L.C. and the Association of the United States Army.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.
Catherine M. Michael
Co-managing partner with Connell Michael Kerr, LLP, Catherine M. Michael works with families and students in a long list of personal injury and education matters. In Michigan, Texas and Indiana, Ms. Michael handles matters of special education due process, Section 504 matters, disciplinary issues, expulsion, private school issues, disability claims and civil rights. A compassionate attorney, she also handles matters of childrens personal injury both in school environments and outside of them, including rape, molestation and sexual abuse.With over two decades of experience, Ms. Michael has proven that her priority is making sure that the needs of every single student are met. During her career, she has been featured by the local and national media several times, and she has represented a long list of special needs families, children abused in school and school shooting victims.Licensed to practice since 2000, Ms. Michael obtained her Juris Doctor after studying at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. With a focus on experience, integrity and advocacy, Ms. Michael is often the voice that speaks for those who need it most as they work through a complicated legal system where an understanding advocate is a huge asset.For professional achievement in legal practice, Ms. Michael has been recognized by her peers. As one of the top-rated education and school attorneys in the country, she continues to tirelessly fight for the rights of students and their families. Ms. Michael is also extremely experienced in the Americans with Disabilities Act and student and teacher dismissal and disciplinary matters.
Allegra C. Carpenter
Selected by her peers to receive Best Lawyers Best Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year Award in both 2015 and 2020, Allegra Carpenter is guided by the principle that every person and corporation has a moral and legal duty to care for the safety of others. For over 23 years, she has successfully battled those responsible to hold them accountable. Her desire always is to bring justice to those who are catastrophically harmed by the actions of others. Allegras creative approach to selecting, strategizing, and advocating for those harmed or killed in truck crashes, from medical negligence, in nursing homes, and other personal injuries, has earned her respect among clients, peers, and judges. She is a regularly invited instructor of trial skills, legal strategy, and legal graphics visualization. She welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded advocates for justice.In addition to being selected Best Albuquerque PI Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and 2020, Allegra is AV-Preeminent peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years. She is a Thompson Reuters rated Top Lawyer and is an invited National Trial Lawyers New Mexico Top 100. Allegras article on Spoliation of Evidence was published in the January 2019 issue American Association of Justice, Trial Magazine.
Steven A. Fabbro
Experienced attorney Steven A. Fabbro is the founder of the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro. At his San Francisco law office, Mr. Fabbro proudly assists the residents of the Bay Area and surrounding Northern California who have suffered injuries or losses due to the negligence of other individuals, professionals or businesses by assisting them as they pursue personal injury or wrongful death compensation. Clients regularly turn to Mr. Fabbro for assistance after the following:,• Car accidents,• Pedestrian accidents,• Bicycle accidents,• Product liability,• Premises liability, including slip-and-fall accidents,• Truck accidents,Mr. Fabbro began practicing law in 1983 after earning his Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings College of the Law and his admission to The State Bar of California. In addition to his approval to practice law before all of Californias state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 9th and 10th Circuits, the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have all approved Mr. Fabbro to practice in their courtrooms.Over the pass 30-plus years, Mr. Fabbro has earned a reputation as a relentless advocate for his clients. His passion for justice, years of experience as counsel on both individual cases and mass torts, and extensive legal knowledge have made him a valuable member of the legal community and his local community. He is a regular guest speaker on personal injury-related topics such as medical malpractice and defective products, and he provides pro bono legal services to the less fortunate residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Joseph Steve Franco
Steve Franco has won over $40,000,000 on behalf of injured workers.Mr. Franco is an award-winning attorney who has dedicated his legal career toward fighting on behalf of injured workers. He is one of the few workers compensation attorneys in Northern California to have received part of his legal training at the prestigious ,California Supreme Court, where he oversaw and worked on numerous labor and employment cases affecting all Californians. In 2018 and 2017, Steve was selected by Top Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the area of Workers Compensation Law. The attorneys selected as Rising Stars are limited to 2.5% of the outstanding emerging lawyers in Northern California who are age 40 and under or having practiced 10 years or less.While spending the past 10 years fighting on behalf of injured workers, Steve has successfully handled numerous trials and has obtained many favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients. Steve litigates cases throughout Northern California and has handled cases in the following courtsOakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton, Sacramento, Salinas and Santa Rosa.Steve has also served as a television legal analyst on ,NBC, Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, and Estrella TV, and has also made several appearances on radio shows throughout the Bay Area.Steve is a proud first-generation Americanhis parents emigrated from El Salvador in the 1980s seeking refuge from a civil war. Growing up, Steve learned the importance and value of determination, hard work, and resilience. It is with this same work ethic and drive that he continues to represent his clients in the courtroom today.Steve is a proud alumni of the ,University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained his bachelors degree and graduated with honors. He then went on to obtain his law degree at the ,University of Calfornia, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of LEOP and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterlythe nations longest running legal journal devoted entirely to constitutional scholarship.Steve looks forward to helping and representing you in your workers compensation claim and working hard to obtain you all the benefits that you are entitled to so that you can obtain a just and fair result in your case.
Attorney Shane Hobbs is the founder and sole proprietor of the Law Office of Shane Hobbs in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas, Mr. Hobbs focuses his practice on providing the highest level of representation and support possible for those who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:,Real estate and mortgage litigation,Foreclosure prevention,Debt negotiations,Insurance coverage disputes,Bankruptcy,Personal injury and general civil litigation,Criminal defense,Small business law,A native of the area, Mr. Hobbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in politics from Ursinus College in 2002. He then gained invaluable experience in the mortgage industry serving as a residential and commercial loan officer before deciding to make law his career.After this decision, he attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2010. The Pennsylvania Bar Association admitted him to practice in 2012, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.While pursuing his legal degree, Mr. Hobbs served as staff writer for the law schools newspaper, The Pillar, and he was a member of the schools mock trial team. After graduating and receiving his license to practice, he served as Schuylkill County Assistant District Attorney from 2014 to 2015, and he continues to serve as solicitor for the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board.Aside from his impressive legal credentials, Mr. Hobbs has a unique insight into the regions courts and political landscape due to his father and grandfather both serving in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He credits his background with helping him to better serve the needs of his clients, and he has quickly earned a reputation as being an emerging leader in his field.
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Attorney Shervin Lalezary is the founder and owner of the Lalezary Law Firm in Beverly Hills, California. A highly rated attorney with almost 10 years of legal experience, Mr. Lalezary devotes his practice to advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Lalezary serves clients throughout Southern California and the rest of the state who have personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, slip-and-fall accidents, nightclub and bar incidents, assaults, pool and hotel accidents, defective products and other preventable tragedies. He also has extensive experience with litigation involving bad faith insurance claims.Regarded as a tenacious trial advocate, Mr. Lalezary has achieved unprecedented success fighting for the rights and entitlements of those he has served, and he has recovered substantial settlements and awards for those struggling to put their lives together in the wake of a devastating incident.A 2004 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Lalezary attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008.That same year, The State Bar of California admitted him to practice, and Mr. Lalezary joined one of the largest legal practices in the world, where he gained invaluable experience handling large-scale, highly complex litigation involving Fortune 500 companies with millions of dollars at stake. He credits this experience with enabling him to provide the highest level of advocacy and support possible to those who seek his counsel.Driven by his passion for the law, Mr. Lalezary currently serves the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department as a reserve deputy sheriff, and he was instrumental in the apprehension of a serial arsonist who terrified the city in 2012 by lighting numerous fires at various apartment complexes. Recognized for his efforts, Mr. Lalezary received several commendations and awards.
James H. Price, III
Attorney James H. Price is the owner and founder of Price Law Firm, P.A. in Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Price practices criminal defense and personal injury law, representing the injured and those accused of crimes in both the state and federal courts. With decades of experience as a litigator, he has represented a variety of clients throughout the Greenville area.Mr. Price earned a bachelors degree in English from the University of South Carolina and later obtained his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He has been licensed to practice in South Carolina since 1975 and is also admitted to practice in New York. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.Recognized for his long and successful legal career, Mr. Price has earned the rating of AV Preeminent from the attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell. Other honors he has received include the Public Citizen award from the South Carolina Association for Justice in 1999 and the Tommy-Thomason award from the Greenville County Bar Association in 2011.Active in various professional organizations, Mr. Price belongs to the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the New York State Bar Association, the Cole-Huff DUI Trial Lawyers Group and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a founding member of the Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.Mr. Price also devotes a portion of his time to pro bono activities. He served with Special Olympics South Carolina from 1998 to 2014 and continues to volunteer at the Triune Mercy Center, a nondenominational church committed to helping low income and homeless individuals.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.
Mark A. Anderson
Attorney Mark Anderson has been fighting for personal injury victims in Dallas-Fort Worth for over 25 years. His firm handles a wide array of serious accident cases, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, dog bites, pedestrian accidents, workplace accidents and daycare injuries. With years of experience and millions of dollars recovered, Mark knows what it takes to fight and win personal injury cases in Texas.Mark is certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the State Bar of Texas—an achievement only two percent of all Texas lawyers can claim. He has a deep understanding of Texas law and uses his experience to negotiate with the insurance adjusters in order to win his clients fair compensation for their financial, emotional and physical suffering. If the insurance company refuses to cooperate, Mark doesnt hesitate to take them to court.Marks top priority is to secure full compensation for his clients, while also working to make the process as easy and stress-free as he can. He accomplishes this through establishing close communication with the people he represents and aggressively working toward their goals.This approach has led to a number of accolades, including earning the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, holding an Avvo Superbrating, earning a listing in the National Association of Distinguished Counsels Nations Top One Percent, and being a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.Active in the legal community, Mr. Anderson is a member of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Tarrant County 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.
Edward J. Nuttall, III
Attorney Edward J. Nuttall, III, is a partner at Carroll & Nuttall, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Nuttall practices in the areas of criminal, family, personal injury and traffic law, serving clients throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.Over the course of his career, Mr. Nuttall has earned a reputation as a seasoned trial attorney in both civil and criminal matters. A former prosecutor, he developed his litigation skills through trying numerous misdemeanor, felony and traffic cases. He has extensive knowledge on cases involving police use of force in Virginia and serves as general counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police Fairfax Lodge #77.Recognized for his contributions to the legal profession, the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. Nuttall its highest rating of AV Preeminent. In 2017, he was also named a top lawyerby Washingtonian magazine.Mr. Nuttall is active in professional organizations, including the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, the American Association for Justice and The National Trial Lawyers. He contributes to the Fairfax Law Foundation and sits on the board of directors of the national advocacy organization Autism Speaks and serves on the groups community outreach and sponsorship committees.Mr. Nuttall earned a bachelors degree from The Catholic University of America and received his law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He obtained his Virginia law license in 1996 and is qualified to practice before all Virginia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.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.
Jim Gooding learned the practice of personal injury law from his father in Kent, Washington, where together they represented clients from all walks of life. During those years Jim gained respect for the problems and issues his clients faced, and learned how to best counsel and represent them while achieving justice for their cause.Jims practice eventually brought him to New York City, where he became trial counsel for various firms who sent their difficult cases to him when they knew the case was going to be tried to a jury. There, Jim successfully tried 75+ personal injury jury cases, earning his clients over $40 million dollars in trial verdicts and case settlements.Jim is is admitted to the bar in Washington, California, New Jersey, and New York. He is a member of Trial Lawyers Care (pro bono for victims of September 11), was a member of the New York County Lawyers Association Ethics Committee, and has served on the Washington State Bar Association Court Rules Committee. He is an EAGLE member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). Jim is one of only a handful of attorneys in the Pacific Northwest who is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a distinction which requires verifiable trial results, and a review process including testimonials by Judges and attorneys who have opposed him at trial. Jim has been voted a Washington State Top Lawyerseven years in row, including being in the Top 100 in 2018. He has also achieved Top 100 Trial Lawyersdistinction from 2012-2019 and has obtained the highest rating of 10.0 on Avvo.com.Jims recent results include one of the largest nursing home abuse recoveries and one of the largest ankle fracture recoveries ever in the State of Washington. He is a dedicated trial lawyer who takes a personal interest in each of his clients cases, and does whatever can possibly be done to achieve justice.
Hung (Alex) Q. Nguyen
770-GOOD-LAW PURPOSE, CORE VALUES AND MISSION,Below are the Purpose, Core Values and Mission that we hold most important to the success of 770-GOOD-LAW. We, the shareholders and team members, will strive to follow these values and interact with each other and clients in accordance with these values.Why We Exist: Our Purpose, Values and MissionOur Purpose, Values and Mission are the reasons we exist. Our Purpose, Values and Mission are your guide for your daily behavior, namely, how you should act and what you should do. But our Purpose, Values and Mission are just a bunch of words without your commitment to guide your daily actions by them.When you have a tough decision to make, look to our Purpose, Values and Mission for guidance. Think, Can I apply our Purpose, Values and Mission to this question? If so, you know what to do.Our Purpose,Our Purpose is the north-star that never changes and is the motivating force behind everything we do. You can always look to our Purpose for guidance when you are struggling with a question and you do not know what to do.While many things change over time, our Purpose will always be:,Leveling the playing field between the multi-billion dollars insurance industry and each of our client by providing WOWclient experience throughout the process”,Why its done this way at 770-GOOD-LAW: The reason why we are in business, above anything else, is to level the playing field between the multi-billion dollars insurance industry and each of our clients. We do this by providing WOWclient experience throughout the process. Providing client experience that makes each of our client say WOWis our Purpose at 770-GOOD-LAW.Our Core Values,Core Value # 1,We limit our practice to injury law for injury victims,Core Value # 2,We treat all clients the same (large case, small case or no case),Core Value # 3,We always put our clients interests first,Core Value # 4,We treat our clients like family,Core Value # 5,We do what we say we will do,Core Value # 6,We practice open, real communication,Core Value # 7,We invest in continuous improvement,Core Value # 8,We are not greedy,Core Value # 9,Above all else, we care and support each other,Our Mission,Our cases are referred to us by (1) lawyers, (2) medical providers and (3) former clients, a/k/a referral partners”. Additionally, our cases come from our marketing and branding efforts. Without referrals from other lawyers, medical providers and our former clients, we go out of business. There is nothing more important for our law firm than growing and nurturing our relationships with our referral partners.Our Big, hairy, Audacious Goal is simple:,To have systems that affords 770-GOOD-LAW to grow daily”