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Wrongful Termination/Discrimination and the Industrial Insurance Act

If you are injured on the job, you may be protected against either wrongful termination or discriminatory practices by your employer. Washington State is an “at will” state, which means in simple terms that an employer can terminate you for any reason, and you can quit for any reason. However, there are still legal protections for workers who are injured […]

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Pictures Truly are Worth a Thousand Words

Everyone has heard the saying. But in a personal injury case, it could not be more true. For example, pictures of the scene of an incident, vehicles following a collision, or injuries following an incident give attorneys and would-be jurors a much fuller understanding of what exactly occurred. I’m shocked at how many people come into our office that has […]

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Social Security Disability – The Basics

Social Security Disability is a program designed to protect Americans who have become disabled before they are old enough to qualify for Social Security Retirement. Today, only 1 out of every 3 private sector workers have disability insurance provided by their employers. Yet, disability can happen to any American, at any time. All it takes is one accident or one […]

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Turning Left Into a Driveway or Private Road Seems So Simple

Ask yourself, when driving down the highway, such as a state route, when reaching the point where one is to turn left into your friend’s farm or client’s orchard, do you have any obligation other than making sure there is not any oncoming traffic in the opposite direction? As an attorney practicing injury law, I thought the answer was simple, […]

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Empowering Clients With the Truth

One of my favorite things about practicing law is getting to know my clients. As a lawyer, I hope to be able to connect on a human level with the people I work for and find out what makes them tick. One opportunity for this kind of heart-to-heart is when I prepare a client for a deposition. It is an honor and […]

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Safety Rules at School Playgrounds

156,000 children were reported injured by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1999, and 67% of those injuries fell from public playground equipment. I just finished reading a deposition of a school representative who was asked to testify about safety rules in playgrounds at his school. As parents, we trust that schools in charge of our children’s safety will properly […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CALBOM & SCHWAB LAW GROUP

Welcome to the Calbom & Schwab Law Group. The law firm was originally established in 1954 by John Calbom. When G. Joe Schwab joined John Calbom in 1978, he quickly became a partner and the firm continued its same areas of practice while the law firm became known as Calbom & Schwab PSC. As of January 1, 2018, this tradition […]

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Social Security and being “insured” for benefits

If a person becomes disabled, for any reason, physical and/or mental conditions, and the disability is expected to last for at least 12 months, they should apply for Social Security Disability and Social Security Supplemental Disability benefits. To qualify for the Social Security Disability benefits or SSDI, the person applying must show the disability began while they were “insured” for […]

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Good News for Social Security Solvency Keywords

Users searching for Social Security, solvency, solvent, disability, and Medicare keywords are continuing to receive positive information. Finally, some very good news about the Social Security trust fund. In a summary report published by the Social Security and Medicare Trustees, a number of important findings were made: Over the 83 year history of Social Security, there is an asset reserve […]

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Determining Time Loss Rate for Work-Related Injury

The rate at which time loss benefits are calculated is affected by the number of “children” the worker had at the time of injury. By statute, an injured worker is entitled to an increase in their timeless benefit of 2% of their wages at the time of injury, for any child dependent they had at the time of the industrial […]

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