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What Can I Do if My Workers’ Compensation Claim Gets Denied?

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

An old proverb tells us: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  This about sums up what claimants can do if they’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the claim gets denied.  The “try again” part means workers have the right to appeal their workers’ compensation denial. The following takes a closer look at the appeal process.  Please note that this is a big picture as to how the appeal process works for workers’ compensation claims that are denied in Washington.  The nature of specific cases always varies… [Read More]

Three Tips to Help Build a Better Personal Injury Claim Following an Automobile Accident

Posted on February 27th, 2015

We all know that auto accidents can lead to heightened emotions, anxiety, and yes, injuries.  All of these possible results tend to prevent an accident victim from gathering valuable information from the scene of an accident.  By “information,” we mean critical facts and evidence that may help a victim build a better personal injury claim.  Let’s take a moment below to provide three simple tips to help ensure you preserve the information you need following an accident. Before jumping to the tips, please note that if you’ve suffered injuries as the result of an automobile collision, the most important thing… [Read More]

Pedestrian Accidents in Washington

Posted on February 26th, 2015

According to Washington’s Preliminary 2013 Annual Collision Summary, 1,700 Washington pedestrians were involved in a fatal/injury related collision with an automobile in 2013.  In fact, a pedestrian (or bicyclist) was involved in a crash almost every three hours.  Further, a pedestrian (or bicyclist) was killed in a crash with a vehicle every six days. Pedestrian accidents are very real in Seattle, as well as, in all of Washington for that matter.  Pedestrians that are struck by automobiles can suffer serious and devastating injuries.  They can also incur substantial medical expenses and time away from work.  The following provides a further… [Read More]

Health Spending Grows at Snails Pace

Posted on February 25th, 2015

According to a recent study conducted by analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded.  Total spending on healthcare increased by just 3.6% last year to $2.9 trillion.  In comparison, healthcare spending in 2012 increased by 4.1% and health spending increased by nearly 10% back in 2002. Reasons for the Slowdown in Spending According to statisticians and economists who worked on the HHS study, the slowdown in healthcare spending was largely the result of sluggish economic growth.  The recovery from the “Great Recession” that… [Read More]

Driver Killed After Speeding Car Launches Over Embankment in Renton

Posted on February 24th, 2015

Many residents of the greater Seattle community may believe that speeding is just an ordinary course of business when driving upon a Washington roadway.  But, please think again.  While although many may equate speeding as a run of the mill traffic violation, it can easily kill.  A recent death in Renton unfortunately reinforces this…all too well. Tragic Renton Crash Police authorities and firefighters responded to an accident scene in Renton at approximately 5:40 a.m. on the morning of December 3rd.  The scene was located on Puget Drive South at Benson Road South.  Respondents raced to the scene after receiving a… [Read More]

Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Claims

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

Many injuries take place in the workplace as a result of an employer or a co-worker.  However, injuries can also result from other persons or entities.  These injuries are said to result from a “third party.” If you have been injured at work from a third party, you may be entitled to compensation via a “third party claim.”  This is a claim that is filed with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).  The following offers further insight into third party claims.  As always, Phillips Law Firm is here to make sure you understand your legal rights. Third… [Read More]

Who’s Responsible if I Suffer an Injury on Government Property?

Posted on February 20th, 2015

Government property generally includes public parks, government buildings, public museums, public sidewalks, roadways, and all other locations that are owned or controlled by a government agency.  What happens if you suffer an injury on this property?  Can you sue the government to recover any losses that you may have sustained?   Years ago, the answer would have been a vociferous “no.”  In 1948, however, Congress passed the Federal Tort Claims Act.  Soon thereafter, individual states began to enact their own forms of tort claims legislation.  The results?  People injured on federal and state government property can now file personal injury… [Read More]

VA Improving Access to Medical Care?

Posted on February 18th, 2015

We recently informed on the shocking results of an audit conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  If you recall, this audit revealed that more than 57,000 new patients had waited at least 90 days for an appointment at a VA hospital and/or clinic.  Numerous citizens agreed with Phillips Law Firm that this was a completely disastrous situation; and, citizens were also vocal in agreeing that our Veterans deserve more.  Have these voices been heard?  Well, just maybe…thanks to the VA’s new Choice Card Program. What is the Choice Card Program? The Choice Program is a new, temporary VA benefit… [Read More]

The Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Program

Posted on February 16th, 2015

Let’s administer a quick quiz.  What do reckless driving and driving under the influence have in common?  Yes, they’re both acts that involve driving; but, think a little harder. As you continue thinking, note that both reckless drivers and drivers that operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated can cause very serious automobile collisions.  These collisions can injure innocent victims.  To make matters worse, some reckless and impaired drivers may fail to have automobile insurance.  Injury is now combined with victims having no recourse to compensation for their damages. But, let’s return to our initial question.  Both reckless driving and driving… [Read More]

Seattle Family Survives Frightening Crash

Posted on February 13th, 2015

On Halloween evening, a truck collided with at least nine other vehicles along the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South.  According to witnesses, the truck was barreling down the street like a pinball.  A Seattle family unfortunately felt the wrath and furry of the out of control truck.  The family, however, was fortunate enough to survive the incident. “I Wish it was a Dream” Eric Arteaga, his wife, and their two small boys left their south Seattle home on October 31st for, what was thought, a fun night of trick-or-treating.  Mr. Arteaga was driving the family’s Toyota Tacoma.  He was… [Read More]

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