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What to do when injured at work by a third party!

If you are injured at work, an employee may make a Workers’ Compensation claim through the Department of Labor and Industries. Under the Industrial Insurance Act, employers receive nearly complete immunity from liability outside of the Industrial Insurance Act.

What happens if you are injured at work by someone other than another employee?

If a “third party” (someone whos is not another employee) is at fault, then the injured worker may elect to personally pursue a third-party action. Common examples of third-party claims may include:

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Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney: Why?

When facing a criminal charge, like DUI, felony charges or misdemeanor charges,  your mind is filled with “what ifs” and a lot of unsolicited advice from non-lawyer friends and family.  It is important to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your interests and protect your freedom.

A criminal conviction could impact your job, relationship, travel plans, and ability to borrow money from a bank or financial institution.  And, it can follow you for many years.

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Child Custody Factors from a Local Family Law Attorney

Divorce is difficult decision for parents and the reasons for a divorce range from “growing apart” to escaping domestic violence. However, when parents no longer wish to remain together, they need to establish a child custody arrangement to reflect their parenting decisions and the best interests of the child.

There are parents that work well together and develop a plan without the need for court intervention. The laws found in RCW 26.09, court rules, and court procedures can be confusing for many parents; even parents that agree on a plan.

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Workers’ Compensation: Injury or Occupational Disease

Let’s consider the fact that you have lower back pain or shoulder pain. The pain started while you were at work,  on a jobsite, or in the “course of employment”.

Would it be classified as an Injury or Occupational Disease?


According to RCW 51.08.100, an injury is 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.   This means, you feel fine and all of a sudden you hear a pop, feel acute pain, break a bone, tear a tendon, get hit by falling debris, etc.

The Industrial Insurance Act interprets an “injury” liberally for the benefit of the worker. A claim for an injury must be made within one year of the injury.

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Understanding Your Whiplash Injury After A Car Accident

It is important to understand your injuries after a car accident. Some injuries are immediately felt, while others gradually increase in intensity over time.

There is no bright line rule that determines when a person is injured by an automobile collision. Some collisions are high-impact and some collisions are low-impact. The speed and direction of the vehicles are factors. The location and position of the occupants are factors. Even the age and activity level of the occupants may be factors.

The important thing to remember after being injured in a car accident is that the extent of the vehicle damage and personal injuries cannot be determined on the spot. Some damages and injures take time to develop. According to the injury lawyers with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, one of the most common injuries following an automobile collision is a sore neck, often called whiplash, which can take days to develop.

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Choosing the Right Attorney for You!

Choosing a lawyer for your personal injury, automobile collision, wrongful death, or workers’ Compensation case is a decision that is similar to picking a partner for marriage. It may be a long relationship and it is always one that requires the two parties, the attorney, and the client, to trust each other. If one party does not trust or believe in the other, justice and full compensation cannot be obtained. That is why the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301. 

consultation2Althauser Rayan Abbarno encourages face-to-face interactions with those seeking legal representation and the actual attorney who would be trusted with that case.; especially if you are injured because there is so much at stake. Some out-of-town and out-of-state, lawyers think they can value your case, assess your family’s needs, and truly advocate for you from a computer screen or over the phone.

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Local Injury Attorneys warn of Alcohol/Drug Related Automobile Accidents!

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, WSDOT, there were 6,947 alcohol related car crashes in Washington state in 2018. Sadly, almost 3,000 alcohol related crashes resulted in a fatality or injury.

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday and new year and remind you to drink responsibly. Stay Sober – Stay Alert! #YourLawyers #InjuryAttorneys

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in the State of Washington for more than 70 years. If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident or collision, call our attorneys in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Car Accident Consultation.

Divocre in Washington: The Bezos’ to share Amazon?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing, ending a 25-year marriage that played a role in the creation of an e-commerce company that made Bezos one of the world’s wealthiest people.

consultationThe decision to divorce comes after a trial separation, according to a statement posted Wednesday on Jeff Bezos’ Twitter account. He and his wife both signed the announcement, which ended with a vow to remain “cherished friends.”

Divorce is a stressful and highly charged emotional experience that implicates division of property, child custody and support, and spousal maintenance! In addition, the law can be complex and confusing.

Do you know the difference between community and separate property? Did you know the legal standard for the division of property needs to be “fair and equitable” not equal.
If you are going through a divorce or family law matter, you dont have to go through it alone. Contact an Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 or visit


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Local Attorneys recognize Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are very appreciative of the men and women in law enforcement keeping us safe on a daily basis.

Yesterday, on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,  Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno delivered snacks to local law enforcement agencies. Thank you Sheriff Rob Snaza and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Nielsen and the Centralia, WA Police Department, Chief Schaffer and the Chehalis Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Fraternal Order of Police, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), and all the men and women in our Country and State that work daily to keep us safe! Thank you!

Attorney Peter Abbarno responds to Governor Inslee’s B & O Tax proposal!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno recently responded to Governor Jay Inslee’s budget proposal to increase the Business and Occupation Tax Rate and create a new Capital Gains/Income Tax.

“It’s going to siphon any money that we traditionally would reinvest in our workforce and our local communities,” said Peter Abbarno, attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, on King 5.

Inslee said additional tax revenue is needed to improve schools, the mental health system, and to protect orcas better.

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