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How to Verify Whether You’re “Insured” to Claim Social Security Disability Benefits

11 Jun 2014

It is important for anyone who is considering an application for Social Security disability benefits, (benefits based upon their own past earnings records) to first verify that they have “insured” status under the Social Security regulations. To gain the status of “insured” in the eyes of the Social Security, one must have worked a certain […]

How to Verify Whether You’re “Insured” to Claim Social Security Disability Benefits

Stay at work legislation

13 May 2012

New legislation will affect return-to-work procedures following an industrial injury or occupational disease. Once an industrial insurance claim is allowed, the State of Washington will now provide an incentive to employers to return the worker to work as quickly as possible to a light duty or transitional job. The State can reimburse employers up to […]

Stay at work legislation

Social Security Administration makes changes to cut costs

29 Dec 2011

The Social Security Administration, in an effort to cut it’s costs, has again taken away significant rights of disabled persons applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Just a few months ago, the Administration enacted Social Security Rule 11-1p.  Which says that if a Social Security Claimant has an application on appeal, they may not file […]

Social Security Administration makes changes to cut costs

Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

20 May 2011

The Washington State Senate passed landmark state workers compensation reform legislation on March 5, 2011.  It was embodied in SB 5566. The Senate-approved measure would drastically change Washington State’s workers’ compensation system by establishing an option for lump-sum settlements for claimants who are looking at long-term disability (pension benefits).  Under the Senate version of the […]

Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

New decision regarding Mandatory Arbitration and Trial de Novo

26 Jan 2011

Splattstoesser v. Scott, P.3d, 2011 WL 91040 (Div. III, 2011) Those persons injured in an automobile crash in Washington have yet one more reason to be concerned, with a recent opinion that is being published by Division III of the Court of Appeals, Splattstoesser v. Scott, P.3d, 2011 WL 91040 (Div. III, 2011).¹ In this […]

New decision regarding Mandatory Arbitration and Trial de Novo

Workers Compensation Case Before WA State Supreme Court

14 Apr 2010

In November of 2009, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Tobin v. Dep’t of Labor & Indus., 145 Wn. App. 607; 187 P.3d 780; 2008 Wash. App. Jim Tobin, a Washington State worker, was permanently disabled after being hit by a crane boom. He sued the crane operator, settling for 1.4 million […]

Workers Compensation Case Before WA State Supreme Court