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Independent Medical Examinations – Knowing the Basics

Posted on January 9th, 2015

An independent medical examination, or IME, is often associated with workers’ compensation claims.  The examination itself is a medical evaluation conducted to determine the status of a worker’s medical condition.  IMEs can undoubtedly raise several questions for those who have filed a workers’ compensation claim.  Let’s clarify matters by taking a closer look at IME basics. The Basics of the Basics If a person has been injured in the workplace, and has filed a workers’ compensation claim, questions may arise regarding the worker’s medical condition, status, or improvements.  These questions are often raised by the Washington State Department of Labor… [Read More]

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Am I Entitled To?

Posted on December 17th, 2014

Washington workers’ compensation benefits take many forms.  Some of these include: medical benefits, wage replacement and partial disability awards.  But, how do you know which benefit applies to your specific workers’ compensation claim?  The answer will essentially depend on the severity of your injury and whether this injury prevents you from returning to work.  Let’s examine this further by taking a look at several possible workers’ compensation benefits. Medical Benefits Once your workers’ compensation claim has been approved, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), or your self-insured employer, will begin to cover medical bills directly related to… [Read More]

Seattleites are Really Horrible Drivers?

Posted on December 12th, 2014

While we all probably have our own opinion on this topic, a recent study suggests Seattle motorists need some help.  A few minor adjustments or some slight tinkering may not suffice.  According to Allstate Insurance’s “America’s Best Drivers Report,” Seattle ranks 173rd among 200 U.S. cities in terms of safe driving.  A rank of 173 kind of means we stink at driving; and, it suggests that much improvement is necessary to make our roadways safer. “America’s Best Drivers Report” Allstate released its report in the waning days of August.  The report is an annual report based on Allstate’s claims data. … [Read More]

I Can Easily Find the Safety Record of a Hospital, Right?

Posted on December 11th, 2014

A recent reversal of decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has brought this very question into the spotlight.  The answer may surprise you.  The reality is that currently there is no simple way to find out the safety record of a hospital. CMS and Hospital Mistake Data Up until last month, CMS publicly reported several life-threatening medical errors made by hospitals.  Some of these errors included: foreign objects left in patients following surgeries, air embolisms, blood incompatibilities, falls and surgical site infections.  CMS’s reporting definitely helped the public gauge the safety record of a given hospital…. [Read More]

Medical Malpractice Claims Decline Despite Rise in Medical Errors

Posted on December 10th, 2014

Approximately 440,000 people are killed every year in the U.S. as a result of preventable medical errors.  This is a staggering number.  Despite this figure, a recent report from the consumer group Public Citizen informs us that medical malpractice payments are actually trending downwards.  How could medical malpractice claims be on the decline despite significant damages due to medical errors?  Further, is the Public Citizen report even valid; or, as the American Medical Association (AMA) claims, is it “inherently flawed?”  Let’s take a closer look and see if we can answer these questions. Medical Malpractice Claims on the Decline? The… [Read More]

Drivers that Text, What are they Thinking!?

Posted on December 9th, 2014

The Phillips Law Firm makes an unprecedented move this month in handing out its notable “What Were You Thinking!?” award.  Remember, it’s never a good thing to receive this award because it’s a reminder to the general public that you took some form of carelessness that endangered a member of your community.  So, the unprecedented move is?  We’re proud (actually abhorred) to announce this month that we have co-recipients for our monthly trophy. Drunken, Texting Driver…What Were You Thinking!? A Bonney Lake bicyclist was hurt at the end of August after being struck by a drunken and texting motorist.  The… [Read More]

Cyclist Killed in Second Avenue Truck Crash

Posted on December 5th, 2014

The Phillips Law Firm would like to take a moment to express our sympathy to the family of Mrs. Sher Kung.  Mrs. Kung tragically died last month after she was struck by a truck while crossing Second Avenue on her bicycle in downtown Seattle.  Mrs. Kung was a wife, a new mother, and an attorney with the firm of Perkins Coie.  Suffice to say, she will be missed. Facts of the Fatal Crash Mrs. Kung, 31, was riding her bicycle to work in downtown Seattle on the morning of Friday, August 29th.  At approximately 8:45 a.m., she attempted to cross… [Read More]

Comparative Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

Posted on December 5th, 2014

Let’s assume you were injured in an automobile accident.  Your vehicle was struck by a motorist that failed to stop at a stop sign.  That motorist is clearly at fault for the accident, right? Well, maybe not entirely.  Were your injured because you were not wearing your prescription eyeglasses?  Were you speeding at the time?  Perhaps it was dark out and you forgot to turn your headlights on.  All of these conditions could mean that you were partially at fault for the accident, and your injuries.  Welcome to the world of comparative negligence. What is Comparative Negligence? Personal injury cases… [Read More]

Attorney’s Fees in Medical Malpractice Cases – Contingencies and Limits

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Medical malpractice in the U.S. affects millions of patients every year.  While this is unfortunate, it’s true.  The negligent acts of doctors and nurses can mean injury and even death for countless innocent patients every year.  Many injured parties want to pursue legal recourse for their damages.  However, they often feel hindered on account of what could become exorbitant legal fees. Believe it or not, a patient is typically not charged a dime for bringing a medical malpractice suit, unless their suit proves successful.  Further, if successful, there are limits in place as to how much an attorney can recover… [Read More]

Citizen Pulls Over Cop Allegedly Breaking the Law…What Was He Thinking!?

Posted on December 4th, 2014

This month’s “What Was He Thinking” trophy goes out to Gav Seim, a self-proclaimed “Liberty Speaker” and Washington resident.  Seim recently pulled over, and admonished, a Grant County sheriff’s deputy for allegedly breaking the law.  Video of the incident has gone viral. Typically, we award citizens with the “What Was He Thinking” trophy when they have foolishly placed other people in harm’s way.  Mr. Seim’s acts were obviously not foolish and they did not place anyone in harm’s way.  Nonetheless, his acts were so out of the norm that we had to pay them tribute.  While some people may award… [Read More]

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