A presumption is a legal concept that shifts the burden of proof in an injury claim from the employee to the employer. The presumption shift generally applies to employees in occupations that present unique work conditions. When an injury is covered by a presumption law, the employer has a large legal burden to prove the injury […]

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A new law passed by the Washington State Legislature and signed by Governor Jay Inslee addresses certain unique re-opening situations. House Bill 1902 provides for reopening a workers’ compensation claim where the provider fails to submit the application. The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno can help by offering a free consultation on your claim. Current […]

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A common question our injury attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP receive is “How do I file a workers’ compensation claim after being injured on the job?” First, before filing a claim, be sure to report the injury to your employer and seek medical help. Injured workers have the right to see THEIR doctor and […]

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If you’ve been injured at work, certain medical restrictions may prevent you from returning to your regular job, regular duties, and regular hours. Don’t lose hope for a return to work! You may be eligible to return to work in a light duty capacity while still receiving medical benefits. Research shows the sooner you return […]

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What are Loss Of Earning Power Benefits? Injured workers with an open L&I Claim for workers’ compensation who have returned to work may be eligible for Loss of Earning Power (LEP) Benefits. LEP benefits can help make up the difference between what you were making at the time of the injury and today; including past […]

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Workers’ Compensation can be complex and confusing. And, there is a lot at stake when mistakes are made, like time loss payments, medical treatment, and claim acceptance. A frequently asked question is “how long do I have to report a workplace injury?” Here is the answer from our injury attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. […]

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Injured workers in the State of Washington may qualify for vocational retraining. Workers and a vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) draft a training plan for a new job, if the worker is unable to return to the job of injury. Your Worker’s Compensation attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are here to help! How does COVID vaccination […]

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Under the state’s industrial insurance laws, a worker who, in the course of employment, is injured or suffers disability from an occupational disease is entitled to certain benefits. Proving an occupational disease requires a worker to show the disease arose naturally and proximately out of employment. Certain occupations, such as firefighters, have a presumption that […]

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Workers who, in the course of employment, are injured or disabled from an occupational disease are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which may include medical, temporary time-loss, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and permanent disabilities benefits. Eligible workers have the option to settle parts of their workers’ compensation claims through structured settlements. Settlements are available for injured […]

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I was injured at work and my employer wants to choose my doctor! An injured worker is not required to see a “company doctor” or the employer’s preferred doctor!  Injured workers have the right to choose their own doctor.  Injured workers also have the right to decide who, if anyone, will accompany them to the […]

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