October 2, 2017

Why We Do What We Do: Ms. Flores

During a recent visit to Seattle from the Philippines, long-time client Ms. Flores stopped into the office to thank Ms. Foster for her work in securing her lifetime benefits. Ms. Flores contacted our firm after she sustained a work injury to her left shoulder in 1995. We are very pleased to have been able to secure her a lifetime pension after she was found unable to return to work. Says Ms. Flores, “When I got hurt at work and in the process was being denied further treatments which I truly felt I needed, I didn’t know what to do. I […]
April 28, 2017

Your Worker’s Comp Claim and Social Media

Social Media has become a big part of many peoples’ lives. Most posts are intended to share our lives with friends and family. However, since these sites are open to the public, the law is unclear if or to what extent privacy laws apply. Because of this, our recommendation to our injured clients is to deactivate or delete social media accounts until your case is over. There has been an increase in surveillance of social media accounts over the last several years by the Department of Labor and Industries, self-insured employers, investigators, and defense attorneys. A simple photo posted of yourself […]
April 13, 2017

Worker’s Compensation Claims and Pain Medication, Part Three

In the previous two parts of this blog series, we discussed the issue of opioid addiction, as well as alternative treatment options to reduce dependency on opioid drugs when dealing with pain after a work injury. This final chapter in the series will focus on the difficulty in finding treatment for opioid dependency and addiction. Many people who are addicted to opioids, including those injured at work, want to get medication-assisted treatment for the addiction. But for many, finding a physician who can help them proves difficult. A study published in 2016 in the Journal of American Medical Association found a […]
March 15, 2017

Why We Do What We Do: Pension for Vietnam War Vet

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully negotiated a pension for a long time client and Vietnam War veteran. On March 4, 2011, he was assaulted while trying to assist in restraining a combative patient at the mental health treatment facility where he had been working for the prior 20 years. In the assault his right arm was so severely twisted that it damaged the nerves and required surgical repair. Given the severity of his condition, he was not quick to heal. As a result, he was laid off in 2012. Losing his job took a significant toll […]
March 7, 2017

Congratulations to our own Christine Foster

The Lawyers of Distinction is pleased to announce that Christine Foster of Seattle, has been certified as a member. The Lawyers of Distinction is recognized as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States.   Membership is limited to the top 10% of attorneys in the United States.  Members are accepted based upon objective evaluation of an attorney’s qualifications, license, reputation, experience, and disciplinary history.   Lawyers of Distinction shall not offer membership to more than 10% of attorneys in any given state. Lawyers of Distinction uses it own independent criteria, including both objective and subjective factors in determining if […]
February 17, 2017

Worker’s Compensation Claims and Pain Medication, Part Two

In Part One we examined the issues around opioid addiction and dependence for injured workers. In this article, we will look at alternative treatment options for work related injuries. Chronic pain affects more Americans than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Despite making up less than 5% of the world population, the US consumes 80% of the world’s opioid pain medication. Many of the injured workers we see fall into the category of having chronic pain which can often lead to opioid dependency. Some experts believe over-prescribing and overusing pain medications has put us in an opioid addiction crisis as a nation. […]
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