Workers’ Compensation

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

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

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