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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 […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

L&I Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

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Workmens Compenstaion PGAP Program

L&I has a program called Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP). PGAP is described as “best practices” evidence-based treatment program for reducing disability associated with pain, depression and other chronic conditions. The PGAP was developed in Canada. The goals of PGAP include reduction of psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation, re-integrating into life-role activities, and increasing quality of […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

L&I claims – Process and Procedure

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Workmens Compensation Claim Process

In workmen’s compensation claims, there is a process for everything. In theory, if all the processes were followed properly, injured workers wouldn’t need representation and claims would progress from inception to completion efficiently. In reality, failure to follow the proper process can have significant negative impacts on the progress of a claim. L&I has a […]

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L&I Loss of Earning Power Benefits

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L&I claim LEP form

It is important to know the benefits available under the Industrial Insurance Act. Often, many injured workers are surprised to learn about Loss of Earning Power Benefits (LEP) from L&I. The LEP is a wage replacement benefit. LEP is available for injured workers who return to work following injuries or occupational diseases, but at diminished […]