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How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

In Washington, businesses that have at least one employee are usually required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This coverage provides benefits for medical care, wage replacement, and other expenses if an employee is injured on the job. If you suffer a workplace injury, you have the right to file one of these claims. Here are

Amputation FAQs

An amputation injury occurs when you lose a body part, typically an arm, leg, hand, foot, finger, or toe. The loss of a limb can be traumatic and have a significant impact on your life. If you have experienced this type of injury, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect next.

What Is OSHA’s Fatal Four?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets regulations that help protect workers in the United States from injury and death. However, every job comes with risks.  OSHA has identified the four main accidents that contribute to the highest number of workplace deaths: falls; being struck by an object; electrocutions; and being caught in or

Asbestos in the Workplace

Asbestos exposure can be very dangerous and lead to serious, often terminal diseases. Construction and manufacturing companies widely used this mineral for years before its side effects were discovered.  While workplaces have taken steps to remove asbestos from their buildings and products, many employees are exposed to this mineral at work. If you encountered asbestos

Hearing Loss in the Workplace – Ototoxicity

It’s no secret that workers are at risk of injury and illness on the job. However, workplace injuries can extend far beyond carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain. In some cases, employees suffer hearing loss due to repeated exposure to substances known as ototoxicants.  Workers in many industries are likely to come into contact with

Fall From a Ladder at Work – What Are My Legal Rights?

Every year, falls lead to thousands of serious injuries and fatalities across the United States. Fall accidents often lead to physical, financial, and emotional hardships for the victims, and can occur at home, at work, or on another person’s property. Many of these accidents involve falls from ladders, which can increase the risk of very

Construction Site Injuries & Third Party Claims in Washington

  Construction sites can be very dangerous locations. Workers employed by the company overseeing the site and various subcontractors often work over each other to complete the project, which can lead to oversight and negligence. From dangerous equipment to electrocutions, falling materials, and improperly-secured scaffolding, construction accidents contribute to hundreds of injuries and fatalities each

Psychiatric Injuries At Work

Under Washington state law, employees have the right to recover compensation for any physical injuries or illnesses they receive while performing duties related to their jobs. However, physical ailments are not the only hazards that can occur at work. Mental stress and psychiatric injury can lead to significant hardship as well, and many working environments

First Responders Eligible for PTSD Workers Compensation Benefits

Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers in Washington State will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress after Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6214. Washington State workers’ compensation laws and regulations prevent workers from receiving benefits for mental conditions caused by work-related stress. RCW

Steps to Take if You’re in a Construction Site Accident

Unfortunately, workplace accidents are common, especially in the construction field. Construction companies are legally and morally responsible for providing safe environments for their workers. Sometimes, accidents happen, despite safety measures in place. Other times, construction companies are negligent or reckless, unnecessarily putting workers at risk. Construction sites are inherently risky places; tools, working at heights,