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Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) in Washington L&I

What Should You Know About Functional Capacity Evaluation in Washington L&I?

December 30th, 2019 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “What Should You Know About Functional Capacity Evaluation in Washington L&I?”

The following are consensus opinions regarding functional capacity evaluations, also known as functional capacity exams and performance-based functional capacity exams.  Any such exam may also be referred to as an “FCE” or “PBFCE,” but these are all just differing names given to the same type of physical examination report used to make claim-related decisions in a Title 51, RCW, Labor & Industries (Washington workers’ compensation) matter.

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Dental Implants on Washington Labor and Industries L&I

Are Washington’s Injured Workers Entitled to Dental Implants?

December 9th, 2019 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Are Washington’s Injured Workers Entitled to Dental Implants?”

Attorneys Spencer D. Parr and Aaron VanderPol of Washington Law Center recently co-litigated and won an important victory on behalf of all Washington’s injured workers.  The case of Robert B. Jones emphatically now answers the question of whether dental implants may be authorized as proper and necessary medical care under Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act.  The answer to that question is clearly “yes,” as long as the dental implants are the appropriate standard of care for the individual whose case is under consideration. You may read the resulting, unanimous, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals decision here, in context with the following analysis:

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What Are An Injured Worker’s L&I Protest Rights?

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “What Are An Injured Worker’s L&I Protest Rights?”

Effect of a Labor & Industries Protest

A Department of Labor & Industries order becomes final 60 days after the Department communicates the order to the required parties unless a written request for reconsideration, also known as a “protest,” or an appeal is filed. See RCW 51.52.050(1). A protest “automatically operates to set aside the Department’s order and hold in abeyance the final adjudication of the matter until the Department officially acts to issue its final decision by a ‘further appealable order.’” Santos Alonzo, 56,833 and 56,833A, 1981 WL 375946, at *3 (Wash. Bd. of Indus. Ins. Appeals Dec. 9, 1981); (RCW 51.52.060).Continue Reading What Are An Injured Worker’s L&I Protest Rights?

Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease

Does Working As A Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease?

June 27th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Does Working As A Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease?”

The skies are a dangerous place to work. Carrying and lifting baggage can cause strains and sprains on muscles and ligaments. Baggage can also dislodge from overhead bins as they are opened and cause physical harm. Knees are constantly struck against seat arms as the crew tries to squeeze by passengers in the aisles. Heads, shoulders, and necks get injured as flight attendants are thrown against the aircraft ceiling in high turbulence. Belligerent passengers assault crew members. Viruses and sickness get transmitted in the close quarters inside the aircraft. Slip and falls take place on ramps, stairs, and in the bustle of airports. Even the pilots in the relative safety of their cockpits get injured, by enduring long and turbulent flights without being able to move from their seats, causing lumbar strains and even disc herniation. Recently, a study from Harvard reported that the flight crew also suffer a higher lifetime prevalence of many types of cancer than the general population.Continue Reading Does Working As A Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease?

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Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?

June 26th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?”

Every part of a tow truck operator’s musculoskeletal system is at risk of suffering from repeated microtrauma. This job requires repetitive bending, reaching, twisting, stooping and kneeling, lifting, pushing and pulling, and medium-to-heavy physical exertion from a myriad of awkward postures. Whether it’s putting together the wheel assembly, jacking up half the weight of a stranded vehicle, strapping the wheels, hooking up safety chains, jumping in and out of the truck cab (under time pressure; often on rough and uneven surfaces), or just bumping along the road and suffering from over-the-road vibrations, the work is hard on their bodies. The physical toll on the tow truck operator’s body is unquestionable.

Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act defines an Industrial Injury in RCW 51.08.100 as “a sudden and tangible happening, of a traumatic nature, producing an immediate or prompt result, and occurring from without, and such physical conditions as result therefrom.”Continue Reading Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?

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