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How can workers’ compensation systems promote occupational safety and health?

By Gina Ko - on: Jan 09, 2019
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requested RAND Corporation, an American nonprofit policy think tank, to explore this very question with key stakeholders, in order to find ways to improve workers’ compensation policies that better promote occupational safety and health. RAND conducted a review of published perspectives regarding problems with current workers’…

Would you like to share some of my attorney fees in Washington?

By Anna McFaul and Christy Doornink - on: Oct 12, 2018
Typically, parties are responsible for paying their own attorney’s fees. There are some exceptions to this, such as when a person is forced to litigate to recover an award or when other persons or entities who want to share in the award must also share the responsibility for the attorney fees. An overlap of a…

The Washington DOSH Naughty List: Insight into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program

By Jennifer Truong - on: Sep 20, 2018
For Washington state employers who have demonstrated indifference to their Washington Industrial and Safety and Health Act (WISHA) obligations, the Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) may add your company to Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which can result in increased enforcement actions.[1] Whether or not your business is…

Type B attending physicians and delegating time loss in Oregon: Do I have to pay that?

By Nathan Goin - on: Sep 14, 2018
Escalating medical costs, increased specialization and a growing demand for medical care within the United States has given rise to the pseudo-doctor, a medical practitioner that lacks the exact medical training of a physician, but has the same approximate expertise for most routine issues that arise in an urgent care setting. Claims adjusters should understand…

The abolition of final claim denials in Washington workers’ compensation?

By Anna McFaul - on: Aug 03, 2018
In what is clearly an unfortunate circumstance regarding a worker’s later diagnosis of brain cancer, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that the common law application of res judicata and collateral estoppel do not bar a worker from filing a new claim despite prior denial of the same claim. This ruling potentially undermines the finality…

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