The workers’ compensation attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno were recently asked whether an injured worker receiving benefits from the Department of Labor and Industries as part of their workers’ compensation claim are eligible for Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) benefits. The answer is no. According to RCW 50A.15.100, Unemployment compensation, industrial insurance, and disability […]

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There is a common law doctrine that local governments are generally liable for injuries sustained on their property in the same way a private landowner would be liable. The level of liability and duty was dependent on the plaintiff’s status as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. In 1966, the ‘invitee’ status was expanded to include […]

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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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Travel Expenses Travel expenses will only be reimbursed by the Department of Labor and Industries if: Reimbursement is preauthorized by your claim manager. The provider is further than 15 miles one way from your home (30 miles round trip). There are no providers within 15 miles of your home that could treat your condition. The Travel Reimbursement Request must be completed and […]

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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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The Washington State Crime Victim’s Fund through the Department of Labor and Industries provide benefits to individuals injured and traumatized as a result of a violent crime. The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno help protect victim’s rights, whether in a car accident, workplace injury, or victim of a felony or misdemeanor crime. What are […]

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Drunk driving is a continuing problem during the holiday season that begins during Thanksgiving week and extends through New Year’s Day. Already in 2021, there have been 59 deaths from alcohol related collisions reported to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and almost 900 confirmed injuries. Many more go unreported. According to the National […]

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