November 16, 2015

Study Says Workplace Bullying May Be Driving Workers’ Compensation Costs Higher

Bullies, we picture in our minds “Biff”, the bully from the Back to the Future movies, a big brute who always picked on the little guy in high school. But for many, the workplace isn’t high school and the stakes are a lot higher than being on the receiving end of childish pranks. For employers, the workplace bully can just as easily be Secretary Sally or Director Don and, believe it or not, they are silently costing your company thousands of dollars. What Is Workplace Bullying? Workplace bullying is a pattern of behavior that harms, intimidates, undermines, offends, degrades or humiliates […]
November 12, 2015

Could Medical Marijuana Impact Your Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Since 1996, twenty-three states and Washington D.C. have passed laws allowing for the medical use of marijuana for specific medical conditions, one of them being chronic pain. However, during this period of time marijuana has remained a Schedule I substance at the federal level, which is defined as the following: “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”  In the twenty three states where medical marijuana […]
October 14, 2015

Washington State L&I Proposed 2% Rate Increase While Oregon Is Proposing to Lower Its Workers’ Compensation Rates by 5%

On September 23rd, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) officially announced its proposed rate increase for the state’s workers’ compensation system for 2016. Overall, the proposed rate increase is 2 percent, which comprises a structural-wide average and is meant to contribute to the recovery of the State Funds’ reserves, including disability benefits and pensions. The increased rate pitch is up from the 1.1 percent in additional premium income L&I has forecasted it will need to pay administration and benefits in 2016, due to rising wages and health insurance costs. The announcement quickly elicited a heated response from the Association of […]
October 6, 2015

What is Third Party Liability?

If you have suffered a workplace injury and those involved were not your employers, you may be entitled to file a third-party liability claim. The following is a brief description of what a third party is and whether a third party liability claim may be sought. What Constitutes a Third Party? In a workplace injury, the third party is someone other than a co-worker or employer. It could be a manufacturer, another individual, a municipality, another company or a vendor — anyone who, due to negligence, may have participated or caused the work-related injury or illness. What Is Third Party […]
June 16, 2015

Workers’ Compensation Claims and Personal Injury Lawsuits in Washington State

The principal differences between a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit are the fault provisions and the various types of compensation available. The greatest difference is that a personal injury claim is based on fault and a workers’ compensation claim is not. In order to recover personal injury damages, the injured person must provide proof that the other person was negligent, that the negligent act caused injuries or damages and the total amount of the damages which stemmed from the negligent act. Workers Compensation Workers compensation law only pertains to workers who have been hurt on the job. Workers compensation […]
May 27, 2015

Vocational Rehabilitation for Injured Workers

For many who have been seriously injured on the job and are disabled, it can be a frightening, uncertain road. Not knowing what your future holds or how you will survive from day to day can be overwhelming, to say the least. Questions arise, such as: How am I going to pay my bills? Will I lose my house? How can I financially take care of my family? What about retirement? Will I be able to live? What about my children, clothes, medical and dental benefits, college education? In Washington State, if you suffer a debilitating work injury that leaves […]
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