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Facing the Truth about your Health

21 Aug 2014

Whether filing for Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Worker’s Compensation, coming to terms with the panoply of medical conditions that render you disabled is often a difficult challenge. As human beings, we derive pleasure and meaning from being productive, from contributing to our families, to our communities, through the work we […]

Facing the Truth about your Health

Getting Your Claim Reopened for Worsening Injuries or Conditions

25 Jul 2014

Last month I wrote about the basics of getting a claim reopened after a closing order has become final. The statute of limitations for doing so, as I pointed out in that article, is seven years from the date of the first, final closing order. But the question arises: what is the legal basis for […]

Getting Your Claim Reopened for Worsening Injuries or Conditions

Reopening a Claim an Industrial Injury or Occupational Disease

25 Jun 2014

When an injured worker has his/her closed, under RCW 51.32.160, the worker has a right to reopen their claim, with certain requirements and limitations. First, the right to reopen for worsening accrues to the injured worker and last for seven years from the date of the first closing order that becomes final. The Department of […]

Reopening a Claim an Industrial Injury or Occupational Disease

SSD & SSI Benefits

15 Jun 2014

If you have become disabled, you need help. Help to pay your bills, help to maintain your financial sense of security…

SSD & SSI Benefits

Permanent Partial Disability Hearing Loss

19 Mar 2013

Hearing loss doesn’t always have to be equal bilaterally to still have compensable hearing loss paid by the Department of Labor and Industries. There are cases where the source of noise is greater on one side than the other. For instance, someone who is operating a drilling apperatus and standing on one side of the […]

Permanent Partial Disability Hearing Loss

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