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L&I’s “Safety Stand Down” Seeks to Reduce Construction Site Injuries and Deaths

From the L&I News, May 4, 2018: May 04, 2018                                                                                            #18-014 “Safety…

CRSSA -- Claim Resolution Structured Settlement Agreements

The typical “settlement” in a worker’s compensation case involves the award of a permanent partial disability award (PPD) when an injured worker can return to work. Occasionally, a severely injured worker will not return to work, an…
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Should I file a new claim or reopen an old claim?

I hurt my back again (or neck, or knee, or….). Should I reopen my old claim or file a new one? Always do both. File a reopening application for an old claim if the medical condition was previously covered by an old claim, and file a new claim,…

Seattle is Still Number One in Working Cranes

We have always represented a lot of ironworkers out of Local 86, so it’s good to see them hard at work in Seattle. Since July 2016, Seattle has led the nation in the number of cranes on jobsites. Seattle maintains its national lead with 45 working…
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Make Sure Your Time Loss Wage Order is Correct

If I were to list the top 10 mistakes made on workers’ compensation cases in Washington State, near the top would be a worker failing to appeal a wage order that sets his or her monthly wages too low. A worker’s time loss compensation is based on…

Nail gun injuries pose everyday threat to carpenters

I worked as a carpenter to pay my way through college and law school. Usually I worked on a framing crew run by Roy and Ben Cantrell. I worked every summer and most breaks. I had a few injuries for which I filed worker’s compensation claims for med…

Safety Violations Result in Felony Charges

For the first time a Washington employer faces felony charges of manslaughter for a workplace fatality, based on the willful violation of excavation safety regulations. The King County prosecutor filed second-degree manslaughter charges in January 20…
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Hotel Owner Knowingly Exposes Workers to Asbestos Hazards

On January 22, 2018, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced that it has cited the owner of the Seattle Pacific Hotel for using untrained workers to remove asbestos during renovation. A certified asbestos-abatement contractor had…
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Is there a settlement? Permanent Partial Disability

Injured workers often ask if they will receive a settlement at the end of their worker’s compensation case. The answer is –it depends. If there is objective evidence that your injury will not totally heal, then you should receive a permanent part…

2017 Workers' Compensation COLA Amount

In an earlier blog post, I talked about increases in workers’ compensation time loss and pension benefits due to cost of living adjustments (COLAs).  For July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the COLA is 4.8%.  Here is the release from L&I…
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