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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court

Tomlinson v. Puget Sound Freight Lines, Inc.

In a 8-0 opinion in which Justice Fairhurst did not participate, the Court held that Arthritis is a permanent partial disability, which can be subtracted from the total disability. In this case, Tomlin was found to be 75% disabled in his leg due to an industrial accident, which was reduced to 25% because he was found to have been 50% PPD prior to the accident due to his arthritis.

Tomlison had argued that arthritis cannot ever reach maximum medical improvement, and thus cannot be a PPD:

However, PPD also has a refined meaning to properly deal with medical conditions that, by their nature may stabilize or improve but later deteriorate again. A condition may reach permanency when it becomes stable and further treatment is unlikely to cure it. WAC 296-20-01002; cf. Allen v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 48 Wn.2d 317, 318, 293 P.2d 391 (1956) (allowing benefits for arthritis); Harper v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 46 Wn.2d 404, 281 P.2d 859 (1955) (Wash. Bd. of Indus. Ins. Appeals Sept. 11, 1962); In re Thompson, No. 13,473, at 5-6 (same). A condition may be deemed permanent when it has reached maximum medical improvement, even if it may be expected to deteriorate further. WAC 296-20-01002; accord Allen, 48 Wn.2d at 318.

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