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Category Archives: Workers Compensation

Helping Your Family Secure Benefits After A Workplace Injury!

Many of us spend more time at work than we do home with our families. That is why there is a term “work family”. We may also be more likely to have a workplace injury. The insult to injury is the attitude and demeanor change by “work family” after a workplace injury- it can become hostile.

Workplace injuries are not a vacation; income is lower; medical bills are piling up, pressure from the employer to return to work early is increasing; appointments are inconvenient; and the pain of the injury is unbearable. Workplace injuries impact everyone! That is where experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help.

Free Injury Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

If injured workers do not exercise their right to file a workers’ compensation claim, then they may not be able to make ends meet or receive the proper and necessary medical care to return to work 100%. Workers’ Compensation Benefits available include Time Loss, Loss of Earning Power, Medical Treatment, Travel Reimbursements, Permanent Partial Disability Payments, Pensions, and more.

Our attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno understand how to help your family secure every benefit. Our clients deserve medical treatment and fair compensation and we fight for each right and benefit. To learn more about our services or for a free consultation in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 754-5844 or visit CentraliaLaw.com

Local Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Near You!

The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have offices in Centralia and Olympia and offer Free Injury Consultations by calling (360) 736-1301.  Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented individuals in our community injured at work, in car accidents, and due to the negligence of others.

Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

Regardless of the nature or extent of your injury we are pleased to provide a free consultation in all workers’ compensation cases with a lawyer near you with offices in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

“It is important that we are in the community and available to meet with our clients,” said Todd Rayan, attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “We strongly believe in accessibility to our attorneys. At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, clients can meet with attorneys on their schedule and they don’t need to drive out of town.”

Injury Attorneys Near You? Althauser Rayan Abbarno represents injured workers throughout Western Washington, including Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, and Thurston counties.

Free Injury Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

Workplace injuries can happen at any time, so knowing your rights and benefits is important. Speak to an experienced injury lawyer today in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301. 

If you or someone has been injured on the job, our experienced lawyers will guide you through your rights in a FREE Injury Consultation. You may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Time-Loss Compensation;
  • Medical Treatment;
  • Permanent Partial Disability awards;
  • Vocational Benefits; and
  • Pension.

Injured workers can schedule FREE Consultations with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting CentraliaLaw.com

Third-Party Claims: Workers Injured In Car Accidents

Generally, employees injured at work may not sue their employer or other employees outside of the Workers’ Compensation system. However, the right of an injured worker or their beneficiary to seek damages against a responsible third party is an exception to the general rule.

Hiring a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm like Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia may help the injured worker navigate both systems better, receive the necessary medical treatment, and recover more for the injuries.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno – Experienced and Local- Olympia and Centralia – (360) 736-1301

If an employee is injured in the course of work, by a third party, the employee should file a Workers’ Compensation claim, as well as a personal injury claim against the third party. This will helpthe injured worker receive the maximum amount of benefits and recover the maximum amount of compensation.

A third party is a person, not employed by the same employer, who injures or causes the death of the employee while the employee is working.  Some common examples include:

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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.

Free Injury Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

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 

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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Protecting Your Family in Case of a Workplace Injury

A workplace injury can be devasting to families. A work injury can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships and even homelessness.

If you’ve suffered a work injury, and you don’t know what to do, you have four choices: do nothing; depend on the advice of your employer; struggle on your own; or seek the advice of a law firm that will fight for the rights and benefits of you and your family.

The choice is obvious, isn’t it? Your decision, says Peter Abbarno, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia, can affect not just an immediate claim, but future benefits for the injured worker and their families. Abbarno recognizes the financial strain an injury can cause on a family so he offers free consultations for every injured worker.

A recent article in the Chronicle highlighted the services of Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

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Re-Opening a Worker’s Compensation Claim: Who Pays?

Who pays to re-open a Worker’s Compensation Injury Claim?

When a Worker’s Compensation Claim has been closed by the Department of Labor and Industries or self-insurer by written order and more than sixty (60) days has passed, the injured workers generally has seven (7) years to file a re-opening application for full benefits. Submission of a formal “application to reopen claim for aggravation of condition” form # F 242-079-000 must be completed by a treating medical provider.

The Department or self-insurer is responsible for customary charges for examinations, diagnostic studies, and determining whether or not time-loss is payable regardless of the final action taken on the reopening application. Reopening applications should be submitted immediately.

When reopening is granted, the department or self-insurer can pay time loss and treatment benefits only for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days prior to date the application is received by the department or self-insurer. Necessary treatment should not be deferred pending a department or self-insurer adjudication decision.

However, should reopening be denied treatment costs become the financial responsibility of the worker. Therefore, the injured worker should be sure to have objective medical evidence of a worsening of the injury since the last date of claim closure.

If you or someone you know was injured at work, contact Peter Abbarno and the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

Can you re-open a closed workers compensation claim?

Can a workers compensation claim be reopened?  Yes. If a claim has been closed less than 60 days, the appropriate action is to protest or appeal the closing order. If it has been more than 60 days, a doctor must certify that there is objective evidence (x-ray, MRI, etc) of a worsening of the medical condition caused by the industrial injury. Be aware- after seven (7) years the claim may not be re-opened for all benefits.

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