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When Does A Labor & Industries Case Close?

March 14th, 2017 Posted by Workers' Compensation 0 comments on “When Does A Labor & Industries Case Close?”

The Department of Labor and Industries is a massive executive branch agency that uses claims managers who are not attorneys (and who are not even supervised by attorneys). They make critical legal decisions that determine the substantive rights of injured workers.

What could possibly go wrong? In practice, pretty much everything.   (more…)

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Reopening a L&I Claim Under Washington Labor and Industries State Laws

March 7th, 2017 Posted by Workers' Compensation 0 comments on “Reopening a L&I Claim Under Washington Labor and Industries State Laws”

If your Washington L&I claim has been denied in the past and you’re looking to see if you’re eligible to reopen it, there’s still a chance. Read my summary below to see if you are eligible for “good cause.”

If you need help reopening an L&I claim, feel free to reach out to myself or any of the experienced Tacoma L&I attorneys at Washington Law Center.

“Can I Reopen My L&I Claim?”

RCW 51.32.160(1)(d) provides that an application to reopen an L&I claim shall be granted if the Department of Labor & Industries does not issue an order of denial within 90 days of the Department’s receipt of that application.  

However, there is one exception to this rule. (more…)

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Heart Attacks at Work Under Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act

January 23rd, 2017 Posted by Workers' Compensation 0 comments on “Heart Attacks at Work Under Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act”

The ramifications for suffering a myocardial infraction (heart attack) at work are significant.  If the worker dies, the spouse and minor children are entitled to substantial awards of money, potentially to include a pension for the remainder of the spouse’s lifetime, if the claim is found to be compensable under Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act.  If the worker doesn’t die, there will still be very expensive cardiac rehabilitation and medication costs which will typically devastate the worker’s finances and often force the worker and his/her family into bankruptcy if the heart attack claim is denied. (more…)

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