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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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Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Offset

How an offset is calculated is a confusing matter for everyone. How it is applied is often frustrating for people who receive both Worker’s Compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits. This post attempts to simplify the process so that you can have a basic understanding before any offset is applied to you. The starting point is to determine whether […]

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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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Winning your Social Security Disability/SSI Appeal

You suddenly became ill or injured. Or perhaps you have a congenital condition. All you ever wanted was to feel better. All you ever wanted was to work, earn a living, contribute to your family and your community. But your health has brought you to apply for Social Security Disability. Now you have a new challenge: convincing a judge that […]

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Maintaining Treatment

Social Security Disability appeals and the need to show ongoing medical treatment of all disabling conditions. It is always a challenge to prove to an Administrative Law Judge that you are disabled enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. In a recent case, where the individual is known to have severe arthritic degeneration in multiple levels in the cervical […]

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