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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.

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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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Local Injury Attorneys Warn that Motorcycle Collisions are on the Rise!

Motorcycle liability insurance is not required in the State of Washington; however, Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys recommend coverage for yourself and others.  That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia to victims of motorcycle collisions.

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This year, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 162 crashes involving motorcycles with 11 resulting in fatalities. In Lewis County, there have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and (3) motorcycle fatalities in Thurston County in the first four (4) months this year.

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind all drivers and riders to stay alert and sober.  Crashes can be accidents, but choosing to be financially responsible is not.

Although it is not mandatory, motorcycle riders should consider doing of to the following:

Motorcyclist can be protected by the State insurance minimums of

  • $25,000 for bodily injury/death of one person per accident;
  • $50,000 for bodily injury of two people per accident;
  • $10,000 for injury or property or person per accident
Car and Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia!

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno represent individuals injured in automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions. To meet with our experienced attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit


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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Injury Attorneys: Low-Impact Crashes Cause Injuries

One of the most common arguments made by insurance companies is that “your low impact car accident did not cause your injuries.” At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, our injury attorneys won’t let the insurance companies discount your injuries and bully you to settle for less than you deserve.

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We have all heard or seen the stories where a car was totaled in a collision but the driver walked away unharmed. We also have seen the story where a relatively minor car accident resulted in major injuries that caused a lifetime of problems for the driver or passenger. At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, we have seen just about everything.

In most car accidents, regardless of the severity of the impact, the driver’s and passengers’ bodies are jolted and jostled in various directions. They may be sitting straight, reaching for the radio at a red light, or turning their head to speak to another occupant of the car. Speed, direction, and body positioning are all factors that determine the severity of an injury.

Too often, insurance companies equate minor vehicle damage with a minor physical injury. It is also true that the driver and/or passengers may also believe they are not hurt from a low-impact collision because they do not experience immediate symptoms. It is not uncommon, for victims of an automobile collision to wake the next day stiff and in pain.

Victims of car accidents should not be punished for the negligence of other drivers. Insurance companies often fail to realize that it is costly and time consuming to obtain reasonable medical care, coordinate the repair of a vehicle, or lose precious time with family and friends because of pain, discomfort, and physical limitations. Our legal system can’t take pain away or rewind time. All it can do is compensate the victims financially. Don’t give up your legal rights.

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Proving to insurance companies that your injuries are worth compensating financially is what Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys do daily. If you are a victim of a car accident, don’t delay, call (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Injury consultation and evaluation in Olympia or Centralia.

For more than 70 years, the Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been representing injury victims in the South Sound, Southwest Washington, and throughout the State of Washington.

Summer Road Trip? Drive Safely and Buckle-Up!

If you are planning a summer road trip, the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind you to buckle-up and drive safely. One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate is at 90.1 percent – but nearly 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up.

auto-accidentThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called motor vehicle safety one of the top 10 U.S. public health achievements of the 20th century. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.  For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly), seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip.

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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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Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Partner Peter Abbarno will be announcing the Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade before the Centralia Winterfest Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, December 9th live on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 FM and streaming online at! Parade begins at 6pm and broadcast begins live at 4pm!

Be sure to visit all the local small businesses and the KMNT broadcast tent on the corner of W. Magnolia and Tower Avenue next to O’Blarney’s at the Gibson House in historic downtown City of Centralia to pick up your Althauser Rayan Abbarno candy filled bottles and other swag beginning at 4pm and while they last.

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE consultation at (360) 736-1301 in Centralia or Olympia!

Low-Back Pain? Washington State L&I approves acupuncture pilot program!

Work Related Back Pain? Beginning October 1st, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), will pay for low-back pain acupuncture treatments as part of a two-year pilot program to determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of acupuncture in the Worker’s Compensation System.

How can I find participating acupuncturists?

  • Use L&I’s Find A Doctor tool:
  • Select the “All Providers” radio button.
  • Enter your town or address in the “Start location” field, then click “Search.”
    When you receive results, on the right-hand side you will see an option to “Sort by.”
  • Click the drop-down menu and select “Provider Type.” You will see the list of acupuncturists participating in the pilot, sorted by proximity to you.

If you or someone you know has been injured at work, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Injuries!

Generally, the operator of a business owes a duty of reasonable care for the safety of members of the public who are invited as customers to his/her business premises. This includes a duty to warn and inspect for dangerous conditions and to use reasonable care to maintain the premises so they are reasonably safe for invitees.
It is usually a question of fact for a jury whether, under all of the circumstances, a defective condition existed long enough so an owner exercising reasonable care would have discovered it. Constructive knowledge exists if the unsafe condition has been present long enough that a person exercising ordinary care would have discovered it.
Slipping on water at a business is a common personal injury claim. However, the mere presence of water on a floor where the plaintiff slipped is likely not enough to prove negligence by the possessor of the property. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that the water made the floor dangerously slippery, and the property owner knew or should have known both that water would make the floor slippery, and that there was water on the floor at the time the plaintiff slipped.
Most rules have exceptions. Where the nature of the operator’s business and methods of operation are such that the existence of unsafe conditions on the premises are either continuous or reasonably foreseeable, then the establishment of notice by the owner/operator does apply. However, the injured plaintiff must still prove that the defendant failed to take reasonable care to prevent the injury.
A business operator also has a duty to protect customers and visitors from reasonably foreseeable injury from other patrons. This includes a duty to warn patrons of a potential danger created by other patrons themselves. For example, a court has held that it was for a jury to determine whether a store should have warned its customers of danger where a customer was injured by a shoplifter who was fleeing from store detectives.
If you or someone you know was injured due to the negligence of others, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Consultation and Case Evaluation!

What You Should Bring to Your Free Personal Injury Consultation

When you meet with your Althauser Rayan Abbarno personal injury attorney, here are a few tips to help us fully evaluate your automobile collision or personal injury claim:
1) Medical Records: If you were injured, you likely sought medical help either from a doctor, clinic, or emergency care facility. In either case, the medical provider should have given you records on what procedures were performed, diagnosis, and contacts for the medical professionals who treated you. To evaluate the extent of your injuries- to date- medical records and objective diagnosis are very helpful. If you don’t have the medical records or treatment is ongoing, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the records following your free consultation.
If you have yet to seek medical care, your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can provide you options for your medical care and guide you through the process.
2) Police or Accident Report: You may have a police report associated with your collision and injuries. This information is important for your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney to assess liability and information about the at-fault driver. If you don’t have a copy of the police or incident report, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the report following your free consultation.
3) Insurance Policy Information: Your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you determine what is and isn’t covered by your automobile insurance policies; such as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Under- and Uninsured Motorist coverage. If you don’t have a copy of your insurance policy, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you obtain the policy following your free consultation.
4) Private Health Insurance Information: Your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you determine how to pay your injuries by reviewing your health insurance policy. Private health insurance coverage can greatly influence your case; especially if you have an ERISA plan. If you don’t have a copy of your health insurance card or policy, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the health insurance policy following your free consultation.
5) Correspondence: Provide your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney with any written communication from the at-fault driver, your insurance company, or the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The communication may have a significant impact on your case or a case under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA).
6) Witnesses: Provide your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney with a list of any witnesses of the collision, whether they were in the vehicle or not. Also provide the witness’ contact information.
7) Medical History: Be prepared to discuss previous medical history with your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney. Pre-existing conditions and injuries, whether arising naturally, form previous personal injury cases, or worker’s compensation cases, may have an impact on the method for evaluating your case.
Arriving prepared gives your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney a better chance to accurately evaluate your claim and successfully fight for your rights, benefits, and compensation.
If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting