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Are you getting the most from your IMEs?

By Sara Wong and Mary Hannon - on: May 26, 2021
An independent medical examination (IME) is a valuable tool to set your claim up for success. However, like all tools, the ultimate value of an IME will depend on how you use it. To get the most value out of an IME, it is important to think critically about: (1) the specialty of the IME…

Two new COVID-19 presumption laws enacted in Washington

By Myla Sepulveda - on: May 14, 2021
New legislation affecting healthcare and frontline workers sets forth a different exposure standard for each affected group to establish an occupational disease presumption. In response to the global pandemic, the Washington State legislature recently passed SB 5115 (“Health Emergency Labor Standards,” or “HELSA,” for short) and SB 5190 (“Providing health care workers with presumptive benefits…

When to hire a workers’ comp attorney in 2021

By Reinisch Wilson Weier PC - on: May 03, 2021
Attorney Jenn Truong guest blogged for Approach Management Services on April 21, 2021. “When to Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney” discussed not only claims litigation, but also employer audits and WISHA citations. Click here to read her blog.   

So where are we at with Washington’s new IME rules?

By Shawna Fruin - on: Apr 28, 2021
In 2020 and 2021, there was a lot of action in Washington’s legislature surrounding the rules for when and how employers can obtain Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) in Washington workers’ compensation claims. In 2020, various iterations of IME updates were proposed and discussed, with final versions enacted effective January 1, 2021. In 2021, additional restraints…

An important and attractive change to structured settlement payments in Washington

By Steve Reinisch - on: Apr 26, 2021
A new statutory change to the Claim Resolution Structured Settlement Agreement (CRSSA), signed into law by Washington Governor Inslee April 16, 2021, provides a new lump sum payment option, in addition to initial payment and subsequent monthly payments. The lump sum payment provision now makes CRSSAs an even more attractive settlement option for employers and…

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