R. Trent McAuliffe Serious Lawyer for Serious Injuries Practicing Law Since 1980 Fighting for Workers Compensation for You Know Your Rights Overview of Workplace Accidents and Claims To be compensable, workers’ compensation injuries and occupational diseases need to arise out of and in the course of your employment.They do not have to occur at the worksite. Injuries can happen anywhere and some injuries (like muscle strains), and can get worse over time if it is not treated. Most people are under the impression that these injuries are too minor to report, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.Backs, necks, and shoulders often require surgeries which doctors often fail to inform you. Often, the insurer’s doctors may under-diagnose your condition. If you do not deal with your injury immediately, it can worsen and cause you tremendous suffering down the line.If you’ve been injured, contact the law office of R. Trent McAuliffe to arrange a free initial consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Our office works on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid when you get paid.Many people aren’t aware that you can file a workers’ compensation claim for occupational diseases, classified as any disease you have received by being exposed to toxins at work.While occupational diseases can be deemed to be industrial by law, occupational disease claims are notoriously difficult to get approved without the assistance of an attorney who has experience in this field.Generally, you need to prove that you were exposed to the disease because of your profession, that the disease you suffer from has a history of being linked with your profession, and that your profession has a higher rate of suffering from the disease than the general public.Mercury, lead, hepatitis, benzene, and asbestos are some of the leading examples of dangerous exposure you may face.Workers’ Compensation ClaimsEven though some jobs put the employee at an increased risk compared to others, there are no jobs that are immune to possible injuries. Work-related injuries can occur if you work at a desk, and they can occur if you work out in the field.We are capable of handling any workers’ compensation claim that needs to be made from any of a long list of injuries capable of happening on the job.Fault or negligence is not relevant to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. Pre-existing injuries or conditions do not bar workers’ compensation benefits.Certain injuries can give rise to personal injury and/or product liability claims, as well as workers’ compensation claims. Because our office deals only with workers’ compensation, we will refer you to another law office whose attorneys practice in the appropriate area. We can assist in coordinating the benefits from both claims.