Workers’ Compensation

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?

Post-Termination Injuries and Workers’ Compensation Claims

2 May 2014

Washington State law states that an injury that happens while the person is acting in the course of employment is a covered injury and it is not necessary that the worker is performing their assigned work task. But what happens if a worker is fired and, in the process of departing, sustains an injury post-termination? [...]

Post-Termination Injuries and Workers’ Compensation Claims

How to Reopen a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Washington

25 Feb 2014

The question of how to reopen your Labor and Industries workers’ compensation claim is an important one for many people. Not everyone needs to have their claim reopened, but for those that do, there are some important things to remember.   Why would someone reopen a workers’ comp claim? If you were injured on the [...]

How to Reopen a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Washington

Job Availability for Retrained Workers after a Work-related Injuries: A Case Study

10 Feb 2014

Recently, our firm represented a man who was badly injured and clearly could not return to his ordinary job, which was quite physical. The Department of Labor and Industries wanted to retrain our client to be employable, and the client was quite willing. Under Labor and Industries law, to be removed from consideration for disability benefits, [...]

Job Availability for Retrained Workers after a Work-related Injuries: A Case Study

Understanding Permanent Partial Disability Awards for Workers’ Compensation Claims

7 Feb 2014

The check you receive at the closing of your workers’ compensation claim is the payment of a permanent partial disability award (or PPD award). When you cash that check, it does not settle your claim, and that check is not a settlement award. The payment of a PPD award at the closure of your claim [...]

Understanding Permanent Partial Disability Awards for Workers’ Compensation Claims

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