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4th of July Fireworks: Avoid Injuries and Follow the Law?

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno urge you to use fireworks legally, responsibly, and safely. Unfortunately, most people are already hearing the “boom” and it may be in violation of the local laws.  According to the 2017 State Fire Marshal’s Report, there were more than 345 fireworks-related incidents in 2017, including 83 fires and 262 injuries. This represents an 11 percent increase over the 10-year average. Needless to say, fireworks can cause serious physical harm.

In addition, fireworks accounted for 83 fires resulting in more than $59,000 worth of property damage; and that was only what was reported. Fireworks-related injuries are most common on July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye.

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys speak with local Rotarians.

That attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are very proud of the quality of our legal services and involvement in the community. Thank you Twin Cities Rotary Club for inviting Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys Jake McGhie, President of the Lewis County Bar Association, and Emily Laz, President of Lewis County Bar Legal Aid, to speak with you today.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid is a place we can go to get free/reduced fees for civil legal issues. Many places aren’t authorized to give legal advice which makes them very valuable to our community. Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has been a client-centered non-profit organization serving Lewis County for over 25 years.
Our mission is to provide local, accessible, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.

 

In addition, attorney and partner Peter Abbarno addressed the Centralia Rotary regarding his activities as an attorney, Centralia City Councilor, President of the Centralia College Foundation, and host of the radio show “Let’s Talk About It” which airs on AM1470 KELA weekdays from 8:30am to 9:00am and live streams at Kelaam.com

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno, contact us in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301.

 

Special Olympics of Washington gets support from local attorneys

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney Peter Abbarno participated in the Lewis County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics; a run from Napavine, Washington to Centralia, Washington to raise awareness for Special Olympics athletes in our community.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame® law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors and supporters of the Lewis County Special Olympics and Special Olympics Washington. Congratulations to all the athletes, community members, and law enforcement for their participation in this great community event.

First Responders, Police can claim PTSD as Job Related

A study of First Responders published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services found that 3,447 (86%) of the 4,022 respondents experienced critical stress and 1,383 (37%) of the respondents had contemplated suicide. Sadly, the study found 225 (6.6%) had actually tried to take their own life.

This year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 6214, which makes Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress. The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are happy to see bipartisan steps are being taken to protect those who protect us!

For more information or a free worker’s compensation consultation with our attorneys in Centralia or Olympia, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301. If you or a loved one is a First Responder suffering from PTSD and has contemplated suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’, or your local mental health care professional. If you need assistance, we are here to help connect you to the right medical professional

What Should You Do After An Automobile Collision?

What should you do after an automobile collision? Ask the Attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno for help! The number of deadly wrecks nationally has skyrocketed by 14 percent to 40,327 from 2014-2016, the largest two year hike in 53 years.

“One way to help protect your family from an injury or fatality is using the proper safety restraints,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “One study by the CDC indicated more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat restraint at least some of the time. That trend needs to change!” Unfortunately not all accidents or injuries can be prevented.

Another startling statistic is that one out of every six drivers in the state of Washington is uninsured. “The National Highway Transportation Safety Board recently estimated that the average claim for medical costs in a personal injury auto collision is more than $15,000 with little recourse without an attorney,” said Todd Rayan, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “Even with insurance, victims of automobile collisions often need to hire an attorney to protect their rights and receive fair compensation.”

Here are 6 things you should do if you are involved in an automobile collision:

1. Call Law Enforcement
The at-fault driver may dispute their role in the collision leaving an injured motorist or passenger struggling to prove their innocence. Law enforcement is not required to prepare an accident report in every case; therefore, call law enforcement in the event of a collision and ask that they take statements and prepare a report. You don’t always know the extent of vehicle damage or injuries until days later, and sometimes memories fade, so you should make a complete record of the incident at the time that it happens.

2. Exchange Information
Be sure to exchange driver’s license, insurance and registration information with the other automobiles involved in the collision. “Too often we are tracking down information about other drivers, cars and witnesses,” said Abbarno.

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First Responders, Police, Firefighters Eligible for PTSD Benefits.

A study of First Responders published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services found that 3,447 (86%) of the 4,022 respondents experienced critical stress and 1,383 (37%) of the respondents had contemplated suicide. Sadly, the study found 225 (6.6%) had actually tried to take their own life.

This year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 6214, which makes Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress. The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are happy to see bipartisan steps are being taken to protect those who protect us!

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno joins Little League at Safeco Field!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Partner Peter Abbarno and his wife Holly coach the Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP “Legal Eagles” with Centralia Little League Baseball. They recently joined other Little League teams, parents, coaches, and players at the Seattle Mariners Little League Day in Safeco Field.

For the 32nd consecutive season Little League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners teamed up to bring you four Little League Days; and Althauser Rayan Abbarno was there to join in on the festivities.  Players and their families participated in fun-filled games,  promotional giveaways, and the famous on-field parade.

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud supporters of youth sports and activities throughout our community. Thank you Peter, Holly, and all those who continue to support our community sports teams and activities.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno supports Discover! Children’s Museum

The Attorneys and Staff at Althauser Rayan Abbarno recently supported the Discover! Children’s Museum at the Tri-Club Rotary Auction held at the Trans Alta Commons on the Centralia College Campus. The Auction was sponsored by the Chehalis Rotary, Centralia Rotary, and the Twin Cities Rotary.

The Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys at Tri-Club Rotary Auction.

Discover! Children’s Museum is designed as a source to serve and nurture the learning needs of our community’s children and families. We strive to support a strong partnership with our schools and parents to encourage our community’s children to learn by having fun! Discover! will provide a high quality learning environment where visitors can gather to see, listen, feel and enjoy compelling and ever-changing, interactive exhibits. Imaginations will soar as visitors approach areas designed to boost curiosity, create play, and foster problem solving.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been a committed supporter of the museum and the mission of rotary. Attorney Emily Laz is a Rotarian with Centralia Rotary and Attorney Jakob McGhie is a Rotarian with the Twin Cities Club.

If you would like to support the Museum and their efforts to improve early education in our community send donations to: Discover! Children’s Museum, 1461 NW Louisiana Ave., Chehalis WA 98532. Make checks payable to Discover! Children’s Museum.

There are also volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in internship possibilities, contact the Museum at volunteer@discovermuseum.org.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno creates Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship

The law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a supporter of local students and scholarships through many organizations, like the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.  The Rob Fuller Scholarship Luncheon celebrates the accomplishments of the Top 25 students form Centralia High School and Chehalis High School.

The event this year was special for the attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno,  because partners Peter Abbarno and Todd Rayan established a Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce scholarship in the name of Cheyllyn Collinsworth. Last year, Cheyllyn was a Top 25 student at Centralia High School and beloved Centralia ASB student in Centralia School District. She was tragically taken from us shortly after this same event last year.

Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to this amazing family. Thank you Deb Celentano Collinsworth and Bob Calvert for being a part of this event and allowing us to be a part of your family and establish a scholarship in Cheyllyn’s memory.

If you would like to support this scholarship, consider donating to the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, noting it is for the Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship.