Workers’ Compensation

When are Department Orders final

18 Feb 2015

If you have a worker’s compensation claim, whether a State Fund claim or a Self-Insured Employer claim, it is the Department of Labor and Industries that has the duty to issue orders on your claim. These orders are important to your claim and provided only a 60 day period during which you, or your employer, […]

When are Department Orders final

Medical treatment when DLI claim is closed

14 Jan 2015

Recently, our office pursued lengthy appeal reached all the way to the state’s court. He appealed out with an interpretation of RCW 51.36.010. We believed that a reasonable interpretation of the statute would allow discretionary medical coverage for “life-threatening conditions” are not only persons will be placed on the pension rolls, but also to allow […]

Medical treatment when DLI claim is closed

Third Party Election – PI injury on the Job

13 Jan 2015

In the State of Washington, if you are injured on the job or in the course of employment by someone who is not an employee or officer of the company for which you work, or, if similarly injured at work or in the course of employment, but by machinery, chemicals, or some other process not specifically developed […]

Third Party Election – PI injury on the Job

Why a Man with Injury Claim Was Granted Total Disability Benefits for Life.

28 Aug 2014

Labor and Industries has strict rules that state you must file a claim within one year of your work injury.    However, if you have an ‘occupational disease’ such as degenerative arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc, you have at least one year from when informed, in writing by a doctor, that your occupational condition was […]

Why a Man with Injury Claim Was Granted Total Disability Benefits for Life.

Finding a Medical Provider that is Approved by Labor & Industries

14 Aug 2014

For injured workers, the rules have changed in who can provide treatment. In the past, an injured worker could choose any doctor. Whether the worker was compensated for their travel expense was sometimes an issue for workers but so long as the medical provider (doctor, PAC, ARNP, psychologist, for example) had a provider number from […]

Finding a Medical Provider that is Approved by Labor & Industries

Vocational Retraining by the Department of Labor & Industries

11 Aug 2014

I often get phone calls from potential clients who are trying to understand what the Department of Labor and Industries, or the assigned vocational counselor, is doing when a plan for vocational retraining is being proposed. Their rights and responsibilities and their options, specifically a right to “opt out” of vocational services is truly a […]

Vocational Retraining by the Department of Labor & Industries

Filing an appeal to Superior Court from a BIIA decision

31 Jul 2014

When filing an appeal to Superior Court from a decision and order from the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, it is always best to have an attorney. However, there are some basic things to understand that may assist you in your conversations with your attorney. RCW 51.52.110 instructs on what is to be done. Appeals […]

Filing an appeal to Superior Court from a BIIA decision

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Post-Injury Disabilities: A Case Study

11 Jun 2014

If you are disabled by many causes, or disabled from working due to causes not related to your work injury, such as cancer, an illness, or an injury when not working, you may still be entitled to Full Worker’s Compensation Disability Benefits. Recently, our firm represented a man who was hurt at work, and suffered […]

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Post-Injury Disabilities: A Case Study

Changes in Washington’s Workers’ Compensation System Can Deny You Caring Doctors

11 Jun 2014

I just finished a file review of a client, and every time the family doctor rejected the opinions of the panel examiners for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), he was challenged by the claims manager as well as by the vocational person hired by L&I.  This family doctor just wanted to […]

Changes in Washington’s Workers’ Compensation System Can Deny You Caring Doctors

Were You Hurt Prior to your Workers’ Compensation Injury?

11 Jun 2014

If you were hurt prior to your industrial injury (another name for a Worker’s Compensation Injury), the Department of Labor and Industries must take that into consideration when deciding if you are disabled. The State of Washington has strong rights, and strong legislation that protects the disabled. Sometimes the Department of Labor and Industries may […]

Were You Hurt Prior to your Workers’ Compensation Injury?