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 […]

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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 […]

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Don’t let the Department of Labor & Industries prematurely close your workers compensation claim!! If you’ve been injured at work, you only have a limited time to appeal an order terminating your benefits. An injured worker recently came to our office with a “closing” letter in hand and metal screws still in her ankle after […]

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Exposure to noise greater than 85 decibels (dB) can cause permanent hearing loss. Farmer? Tractors operate at greater than 85 decibles. Logger? A chainsaw operates at greater than 85 decibles. Rockstar? Your music is likely louder than 85 decibles. Workplace hearing loss can be accepted as an injury (if sudden) or an occupational disease (if […]

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Are you worried about an upcoming “Independent” Medical Exam? There is nothing independent about an IME!! An Independent Medical Exam can derail a worker’s medical treatment, financial benefits, and result in premature claim closure! An IME is often scheduled by a Self Insured Employer or the Department of Labor and Industries when the conditions of a claim are […]

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Are you eligible for Workers Compensation benefits? Former NFL cornerback Courtney Robinson was denied benefits when he was injured at Seattle Seahawks minicamp! The Court found an Employee-Employer relationship only exists where (1) the employer has the right to control the employee’s physical conduct in the performance of duties and (2) there is mutual consent […]

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If you’ve been injured at work, your employer is not allowed to “suppress” your claim, which means: inducing an injured employee to not report the injury or treat the injury as an off-the-job injury. The employer also can’t force the injured worker to go to “their” chosen doctor.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? To establish work-related CTS, an injured worker must show that 1) workplace activities contributed or caused the CTS; 2) the CTS was properly diagnosed by a medical professional; and 3) it is established that the workplace activities, on a more probable than not basis, contributed to the CTS. High risk jobs […]

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Workplace Injury?  Trust Althauser Rayan Abbarno: Worker’s Compensation Attorneys! If you’ve been injured on the job, read all communications from the Department of Labor and Industries or self injured employer very carefully! If an order is not appealed properly and within the right amount of time, an injured worker may waive all rights and benefits […]

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