Labor and Industries (L&I)

Work injuries in the logging industry in Western Washington

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Workers Compensation logging Injury

Logging has been an important industry for Washington State. It still drives the local economy in some counties. Where there is logging there is injury at work.   According to the Washington State Timber Harvest Reports, Lewis County and Grays Harbor County have the highest logging activity. There is also significant logging activity in Clallam County, Cowlitz […]

Injured worker tips

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 […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Injured workers have 60 days to protest or appeal L&I decisions

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Workers Compensation Claim Protest and Appeal

The number 60 is very important in Workers’ Compensation claims. When the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)  makes formal decisions regarding benefits, those decisions are issued as Orders. These orders are sometimes called “Order and Notice” or “Notice of Decision”. They can also be called “Wage Order” or “Payment Order”.   Under the law, […]

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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).   […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Breaking News: Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Injured Workers’ Right to Appeal Medical Coverage Decisions

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Workers Compensation Supreme Court Decision

This morning the Washington State Supreme Court issued a historic decision in Murray v. Dep’t of Labor and Industries (No. 95251-5) unanimously holding that HTCC coverage determinations are not binding on the Department of Labor and Industries under the Industrial Insurance Act and that injured workers retain the right to appeal coverage decisions based on HTCC determinations […]

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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 […]