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Is My Common Law Marriage Valid for My Washington L&I Claim?

March 6th, 2019 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Is My Common Law Marriage Valid for My Washington L&I Claim?”

Whether or not you are married, the day you are injured at work can have significant financial consequences over the course of your claim. Married workers are entitled to an additional 5% of their gross monthly wages as temporary or permanent disability benefits. In addition, a married worker’s spouse is entitled to death benefits if a worker dies as a result of their injury. Sometimes, workers have lived together with a partner for many years without ever formally going through a wedding ceremony or obtaining a marriage certificate. They act, live, and present themselves to others as if they are married. These types of relationships are commonly referred to as “common law marriages”.


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Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims for Hanford Nuclear Site Workers

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims for Hanford Nuclear Site Workers”

After a multi-year battle spearheaded by the attorneys at Washington Law Center, a Hanford nuclear site worker exposed to toxic chemicals over the course of his employment was finally paid the benefits he’s been owed for years. Getting three years of benefits paid was a huge win for our client.

The Department of Energy fought us every step of the way, forcing us to spend thousands of dollars and hire multiple attorneys to get the benefits to which all Washington workers are entitled.

New legislation passed this year will help other Hanford workers pursue their claims without the same difficulties. Washington Law Center is poised to help these deserving worker’s get what’s owed to them.

The Hanford is a former nuclear production facility where the U.S. government produced plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. The site was decommissioned in 1989.

The area has become an environmental cleanup site as the federal government attempts to remediate the millions of gallons of radioactive waste now stored there. The Hanford nuclear site is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and the focus of our nation’s largest environmental cleanup.


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“Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?”

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on ““Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?””

If you are involved in a car accident, the vehicle that’s involved can incur lasting harm in the way of a diminution in value. If Vehicle A is damaged and repaired to a pre-loss condition, it is still inherently worth less than Vehicle B, of the same exact make/model/mileage/features, but having never been in a collision. The difference between the worth of Vehicle B and Vehicle A is Vehicle A’s diminished value claim.

Pursuit of a diminished value claim is often left with a message akin to “sue us”. With that in mind, as well as noting that there is an upfront cost to submit a diminished value claim, a cost/benefit analysis is always the first step to deciding whether or not to pursue a diminished value claim. (more…)

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Is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Necessary?

March 13th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Necessary?”

“I was in a collision, hurt my back and now need surgery that will cost $78,000.” 

This is almost word for word a phone call our law firm received recently. We consulted with the client and determined that the driver at fault only carried a policy of ONLY $50,000. Fortunately, she has UM/UIM (uninsured/underinsured) motorist coverage well above that amount, but it may still not be enough. Without her uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, she would likely have been stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in medical care. Uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance is an inexpensive buffer against the worst-case scenario of being stuck with a bill for medical care stemming from an auto accident that was someone else’s fault.      (more…)

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6 Tips to Increase Your Credit Score After Filing Bankruptcy

January 23rd, 2017 Posted by Bankruptcy 0 comments on “6 Tips to Increase Your Credit Score After Filing Bankruptcy”

Filing for bankruptcy is an important decision, and the Washington Law Center wants to make sure that the type of bankruptcy protection that you choose is the right one for you. Here are 6 tips to increasing your credit score after you obtain your bankruptcy discharge:

1.  Apply for 1 to 3 secured credit cards. I recommend getting a card that will allow you to put as high a deposit as possible. Why?  The disposable balance the credit card will report to the credit bureaus will be the same as your deposit. So, if you put down a $3,000 deposit, your credit report will show that you have access to $3,000 and that will significantly pump up your score, as a low balance-to-maximum ratio is favorable.

2.  Once you get the secured credit cards, only use them for small items such as gas. Also, pay off the small balance each month. The initial credit increase I mentioned previously will go away if you start to carry a balance. (more…)

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