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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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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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Law Firm Building Local Relationships For More Than 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

With offices in Olympia and in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence
“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015.

“I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

Read more in the Chronicle Article featuring Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

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.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno nominated “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County!

The law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno is honored to have been nominated “best place to work” in Lewis County for the second year in a row. The attorneys and staff pride themselves on being advocates for their clients and providing a high level of customer service and communication.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and serve clients throughout the State of Washington in areas of Personal Injury/Automobile Collisions; Workplace Injuries/Workers Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract/Property Disputes, and Corporate/Business formation.

In addition, the firm has the pleasure of announcing :

 Partners Peter Abbarno was nominated “Best Elected Official in Lewis County; and

Associate Jake McGhie was nominated “Best Young Professional” in Lewis County! 

The nominees were chosen by the Chronicle Newspaper readers and the final vote is June 19th through July 2nd.

You can vote once daily by visiting the Chronicle at

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.

Peter Abbarno: Passionate Injury Attorney and Community Leader

Becoming injured is bad enough, but when your injury becomes a legal battle, it’s hard to focus on the important things – like getting well.

Peter Abbarno is a passionate attorney and partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno where he focuses on helping injured workers navigate complex worker’s compensation laws and victims injured in automobile collisions. Since 1946, the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been practicing in Thurston County and throughout Washington state. Their attorneys, like Peter Abbarno, know the law, as well as the doctors and experts their clients need. This helps Abbarno give his clients the best representation possible.

Peter Abbarno
Peter Abbarno (far right), his wife Holly, Amy DeBolt and Rep. Richard DeBolt, at the 2017 Governor’s Ball in Olympia. Photo credit: Peter Abbarno

“We have a new office in Olympia to make it easier for our clients,” he says. “I am very excited to continue working in Thurston County and the office just makes it that much more convenient.”

Abbarno’s motto is “equal access to justice.” He is very passionate about bringing fairness to injury clients, leveling the playing field, and achieving the best possible results to fully compensate clients for their injuries.

Abbarno is known in the community for his work ethic and ability to get things done.  When not working on injury cases, Abbarno improves the community by serving on Centralia City Council, and on the board of directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis and Centralia College Foundation. Abbarno also  hosts a radio show entitled, “Let’s Talk About It,” which broadcasts from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday on KELA-AM 1470. Abbarno discusses local, state, and federal issues, as well as government and politics. He also has a variety of guests – from elected officials to non-profit organizations like Raise for Rowyn.

“I want to improve our community by helping others,” said Abbarno. “Injured workers and clients injured in automobile collisions need an attorney that not only understands the law, but understands their circumstances. Clients deserve an attorney who works hard in and out of the courtroom. That is exactly what a client gets when they hire Althauser Rayan Abbarno.”

For more information on Pete Abbarno visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call 360-352-1134.

Read the whole article by Kristina Lotz in the Article about Injury Attorney and Partner Peter Abbarno.

If you or someone you know was injured at work or in an automobile collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Seahawks Christmas Eve Injury Report

Your local Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis this upcoming Christmas Eve/Saturday at 1:25pm and the weekly injury report.

With more than 70 years of combined injury experience, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free personal injury or workers compensation consultations in Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit

Injury Report: Hawks v. The Pack

Injury Report: Seahawks v. Packers

Your local Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis  and the weekly injury report.

With more than 70 years of combined injury experience, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free personal injury or workers compensation consultations in Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit