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2019 Althauser Rayan Abbarno sponsored Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship!

Each year, the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce hosts the Rob Fuller Scholarship Luncheon where the top 25 students from Centralia High School and WF West High School are honored.

In 2017, Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno was the keynote where Centralia High School senior Cheyllyn Collinsworth was a recipient. Tragically, shortly after the event Cheyllyn was killed in a automobile collision on the way home from work by a driver under the influence.

Debra Collinsworth and Bob Calvert at the 2018 Rob Fuller Scholarship Luncheon.

In his address to the students, keynote speaker Peter Abbarno said “Education is the building block for any community. Graduation is not the end or beginning. Life is a series of chapters in a book.

At this point, one chapter is closing and another one is beginning for the students, he said.  As the seniors head out into the world, they were encouraged to come back to the area to better the community they were raised in or go out and settle in a new community and work to benefit their neighbors. ” Read more in the Chronicle.

In 2018, in honor of Cheyllyn, Althauser Rayan Abbarno and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a scholarship in Cheyllyn’s name.  Apply for the Cheylynn Collinsworth Scholarship.

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Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Happy Be Kind To Lawyers Day! The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud to celebrate #BeKindToLawyersDay and encourage you to consider the contributions of lawyers around the country and in your neighborhood.

Lawyers around the world get a lot of grief just for being lawyers. Yet, when people need help planning their estate, forming a business, getting fair compensation after getting injured in a car accident or on the job, or defending their honor after being accused of a crime . . . to whom do they turn? The lawyers at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP!

Did you know that Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP delivered over $100,000 worth of financial support and free legal services to our community in 2018?

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Injured Workers need to know about “Light-Duty Jobs”

Injured workers may be eligible for a “light-duty job”.  The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno offer FREE workers’ compensation consultations in Olympia and Centralia to make sure you know all your rights and receive all your benefits.

Injured workers may be eligible for time-loss, loss of earning power, permanent partial disability, pension, vocational benefits, and even a light-duty job offer. An employer can request that an injured worker, entitled to time loss benefits, be certified by their medical provider to perform available work (other than the job of injury).

Free Workers’ Compensation consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

A valid “Light-Duty Job Offer” from the employer, must be provided to the medical provider, and include a statement describing the work “in term that will enable the medical provider to relate the physical activities of the job tot he worker’s disability.”  In other words, the attending physician for the injured worker must “sign off and agree” that the injured worker can perform the light-duty job.

If the “Light Duty Job”  is not in writing and does not describe the physical activities in detail, then it is not a valid “Light-Duty Offer.”  If the attending physician must agree the injured worker can perform the “Light-Duty Job,.”

Injured workers should not be bullied to return to work too soon and jeopardize their recovery. Only the attending physician can certify that an injured worker can perform “Light-Duty Job” activities. A certification from an (IME) doctor or independent medical examiner is not sufficient.

If the injured worker accepts a “Light-Duty Job Offer,” time-loss benefits will terminate and the injured worker will be paid according to the “Light-Duty Job Offer.” If it is later determined the injured worker is unable to continue the “Light-Duty Job,” time-loss benefits will resume.

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For more information about time-loss benefits, light-duty jobs, or to receive a FREE workers’ compensation consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com 

Parenting Plan Modifications: Major or Minor

To modify an existing Parenting Plan means to change the Parenting Plan.  A Major Modification is a Petition to Change Parenting Plan asking for a big change to your current Parenting Plan.  A Minor Modification asks for only small changes. The standards are different for proving each modification.

You must prove there is a good reason at the first “Adequate Cause” hearing to make a Major Modification of your Parenting Plan.  The burden is on the person wanting to change the parenting plan and the burden is very high and only in limited circumstances.  Consult with an experienced Family Law Attorney like Emily Laz at Althauser Rayan Abbarno before attempting to modify an existing parenting plan.  Call (360) 736-1301 for a consultation in Olympia or Centralia.

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Independent Medical Exams After A Car Accident Injury

Picture this: You’re injured in a car accident caused by another driver. You are treating for your injury and told by an insurance company that you must attend an “Independent” Medical Examination because they don’t believe you are hurt as bad as you claim.

The word “Independent” is in quotes because the examination will be anything but independent. And IME can have a significant impact on your case. You need to be prepared! Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys prepare our clients for IMEs.

First, Call the Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia at (360) 736-1301

In some cases, the IME is scheduled by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Unless you are in litigation, you do not have to comply with an examination request by the other driver’s insurance. If you are in litigation (a summons and complaint has been filed), you should  have an attorney by this point!  You do not have an obligation to cooperate with the opposing insurance company until such time as litigation is initiated.

Other times, you own insurance will schedule the IME  or in the form of a Civil Rule 35 Examination. You have an obligation to cooperate with your own insurance because of the contractual relationship you have. This means- you agree to cooperate when you paid for insurance and signed the initial coverage documents. And, your insurance company agreed to cover you if you agreed to cooperate in the event you are injured.

Insurance companies often use “IME’s” to save money from paying you Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Un/Under-Insured Motorist Insurance (UIM).  In most cases, their  medical examiners are “hired guns” willing to offer the right medical opinion to justify the goal- cut off your benefits. Their examiner often states you no longer need treatment or that treatment was not needed.

Unfortunately, IME opinions from insurance companies are treated like commodities . If you find yourself being requested to submit to an “Insurance Medical Exam,” here are a few suggestions.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia at (360) 736-1301.

First, we recommend you hire experienced injury attorneys like Althauser Rayan Abbarno. We recommend you schedule a consultation to meet with your attorney.  You don’t need to driver to Tacoma or Seattle- Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and has delivered results for our clients for over 70 years.

The value of an attorney at this point in your case will greatly outweigh any cost or fee you might pay.  At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, prepare our clients for the IME by reviewing the  medical with them and showing them IME training videos. In addition, our attorneys can send someone to attend the examination with our clients, and in many cases, record the examination to ensure the doctor is being fair.

Second, whether you hire an attorney or not, be sure to start by reading your policy. The insurance company’s right to request an exam is contained within the insurance contract. Review it to make sure the company is not violating any of the policy provisions.

Third, make sure you give the examiner an accurate description of your prior health problems, current complaints, and the facts of the crash. You will most likely receive a questionnaire. If you miss a condition- it will be used against you. Any discrepancies will be used against you. This form will become evidence and can be used to help and hurt your claim.

Lastly, schedule an appointment with your doctor soon after attending your IME. Your

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treating doctor can conduct a similar examination to dispute the results of the IME.  In, many cases, our attorneys will work with your treating physician and request specific examinations and schedule our own IME with another doctor of our choosing.

Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented victims of car accidents and workplace injuries. For a FREE consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com

Injury Lawyers Explain Car Accident Insurance!

Common questions Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys receive during free injury consultation include “Who is going to pay for my medical treatment?” and “What are my insurance options?”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing car accident victims for over 70 years. The process can be complicated. It is important to use experienced injury attorneys that know the process and get results- That is where Althauser Rayan Abbarno comes in!

There are a number of complicated steps our lawyers take to make sure our clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries:

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Our lawyers first determine whether the at-fault driver has insurance. Althauser Rayan Abbarno assess the insurance coverage and limits to insurance of the other driver. The at-fault driver’s insurance should pay to fix/replace your vehicle, pay for medical bills, pay for lost wages, pay for pain and suffering, and pay all your general and special damages.

 

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno: Bicycle and Pedestrian Collisions

According to WSDOT, there have been 220 pedestrian and bicycle collisions in 2019, with 15 fatalities. Pedestrian and bicycle collisions with automobiles are on the rise. Car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident?

Call the experienced injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE consultation and case evaluation. The #WA_Attorneys with Althasuer Rayan Abbarno offer FREE consultations in Olympia and Centralia.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Supports Miss Lewis County

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP (especially these two) are proud sponsors and supporters of the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program and Miss Lewis County WA 2019 Rebecca Ford! Rebecca visited the office to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during #ChildrensHospitalWeek.

Consider supporting her efforts by
1. Joining our very own Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP Peter Abbarno and Cindy Godsey by wearing your #ChildrensHospitalWeek bandage!
2. Sharing the picture on social media.
3. Texting ‘healkids’ to 51555 or contacting the Rebecca to make a donation.

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has supported community organizations like the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program. Learn more about Althauser Rayan Abbarno and their legal services in Centralia and Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

Local Attorneys: Landlord Mitigation Funds Available

Are you a landlord or do you work with landlords?

There is a Landlord Mitigation Fund seminar on March 27th from 11:30 to 1:00pm at Reliable Enterprises on W. Reynolds Road in Centralia to discuss money for move-in upgrades, lost rental income funds, rental damage funds, and a whole lot more.

If you need to consult with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney about a landlord-tenant issue, call our attorneys at (360) 736-1301 or visit Centralialaw.com

Local Attorneys Offer Estate Planning Seminar in Centralia!

Join Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP for an Estate Planning Seminar hosted by Love INC of Lewis County exploring ways to: Plan for the future, Plan for the unexpected, and Plan for the people and organizations you love.


RSVP: Love INC National of Lewis County at (360) 748-8611, ext. 202.

Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has provided estate planning and probate services for people throughout Washington. For an Estate Planning Consultation in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301