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Independent Medical Examination (IME) in L&I Workers’ Compensation claims in Washington State

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L&I workers compensation claim independent medical examination IME

The open and active phase of a workers’ compensation or L&I claim begins to wind down as the injured worker begins to approach maximum medical improvement (MMI) for their industrially related conditions. Maximum medical improvement does not necessarily mean the injured worker has returned to their pre-injury level of health. Often, injured workers are left […]

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One treatment does not fit all: Chronic pain and opioids

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Injured Workers Chronic Pain

If you follow workers’ compensation articles, then you know I often talk about opioids and opioid addiction among injured workers. I recently came across this article from July 2018. I wanted to share this article because it highlights key topics that are often overlooked. Specifically, it talks about the “opioid crisis” as it relates to individuals […]

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Workers’ Compensation Continued Legal Education (CLE) presentation

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Workers compensation conference

Today I presented at the NBI Workers’ Compensation Continued Legal Education (CLE) seminar. My presentation was about preparing your case from investigation through appeal. Other presenters provided an overview of workers compensation and discussed medical issues in workers compensation. Some gave practice tips for presenting cases before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeal (BIIA).   […]

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Workers’ compensation claims are like a game of chess

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workers compensation claim is like a game of chess

Under the Washington State workers’ compensation system, injured workers are entitled to certain statutorily benefits. These benefits depend on the facts and circumstances. Benefits typically include treatment, time-loss compensation or loss of earning power, and discretionary vocational services. They also include permanent partial disability awards, pensions, and sidebar or structured settlements (CRSSAs). I am always […]