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Disability and the 24 Month Medicare Waiting Period

One of the key benefits of getting on Social Security Disability (SSD, also known as SSDI) is the access to Medicare before the age of 65. Unfortunately, Congress has long imposed a two year waiting period on the disabled who are under the age of 65 before they can qualify. Of course if you are receiving SSI, you should qualify […]

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Liability Waivers in Washington Personal Injury Cases

If you or your children have ever participated in activities such as organized sports or fun-runs, attended a motocross or racing event, or even perhaps ridden carnival rides, it’s likely you signed a liability waiver. The basic idea of the waiver is to release one party from all liability related to its services, including negligent acts, if something does in […]

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Bicycles Versus Cars – what to know to keep you safe

In the spring, summer and fall months in Eastern Washington we see a lot of bicyclists out enjoying the beautiful weather, getting some exercise, or commuting to work. When a bicyclist is on the roadway, however, there are specific laws in place to protect not on the bicyclist, but pedestrians and even those operating vehicles. So what are the laws […]

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Personal Injury Jury Trial Experience for Client

After completing two jury trials recently, it caused me to reflect on what the experience must be like the client. From the attorney’s perspective, there is so much taking place in regard to presenting the case in an effective manner that we are at risk of not appreciating the emotional turmoil experienced by the client. For probably the first time […]

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Getting Your Claim Reopened for Worsening Injuries or Conditions

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 a claim reopened? The […]

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Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

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 SB 5566, any worker who […]

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