January 20, 2017

Worker’s Compensation Claims and Pain Medication

Many of our current and former clients are dealing with chronic pain from their work injuries. We see chronic pain management as one of the biggest issues for our clients and one that is affecting injured workers across the country. According to the CDC, more than 16,000 Americans died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2013– quadruple the total in 1999. In a 2014 study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute examining 264,000 claims from 25 states, researchers found that 65 to 85 percent of injured workers in most states received narcotic painkillers. Opioids, a group of drugs which includes oxycodone and morphine, […]
January 5, 2017

Foster Law Office Receives 2016 Seattle Award

Foster Law PC has been selected for the 2016 Seattle Award in the Business Services category by the Seattle Award Program. Each year, the Seattle Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Seattle area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Seattle Award Program focuses on […]
December 21, 2016

Foster Law is pleased to welcome Eugenia Gutierrez and Kelsey Tuohy to our team as Legal Assistants

Eugenia and Kelsey have been training with our legal staff the last few weeks, and we are excited to have them on board.  They have hit the ground running and will now help Foster Law continue to provide excellent service to our current clients as well as expand to take on more cases. Eugenia recently moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Texas San Antonio where she majored in Political Science with a minor in French. She was always interested in law while in college and is excited to be starting her legal career with Foster Law. In […]
December 13, 2016

Why We Do What We Do: Vouching for Those The Department Is Rooting Against

From time to time over the years, people have asked me if I see a lot of people faking injuries or taking advantage of the system. I occasionally do come across these people and I avoid representing them.  The vast majority of my clients are hard-working people who have been cheated from the benefits they should be provided pursuant to our Industrial Insurance Act based on premiums paid into the system by both employers and employees.   I want to share a case on point.  Right now, my associate is meeting with a Client whose benefits were abruptly terminated a number […]
December 1, 2016

Congratulations to our own Tara Reck

Congratulations to Tara Reck for being named to Super Lawyers 2016 Top Women Lawyers. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Washington via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Washington lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Washington Super Lawyers Top Lists. Tara Jayne Reck is dedicated to the representation of Washington State’s injured workers, with a special focus on trial advocacy. Since being admitted to practice in 206, she has assisted disabled individuals in pursuing Social Security disability benefits and injured […]
November 18, 2016

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Rule Giving Attending Physicians “Special Consideration”

Earlier this year, the case of Clark County vs. McManus went before the Washington State Supreme Court, ultimately raising the question of whether the “special consideration” jury instruction be treated as discretionary or mandatory. The “special consideration” instruction requires that testimony from injured workers’attending physicians be given careful thought or special consideration by the fact finder be that the Department, a judge, or a jury. The case surrounds Patrick McManus, a Clark County street sweeper who, after working between 1999 and 2011, had to quit due to a degenerative spinal disease affecting his lower back. The Department of Labor and […]
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