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Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: 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 and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

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

Shafer v. Dep't of Labor and Indus.

In a big win for Workers' Comp. Plaintiffs, the time to appeal a DLI closure doesn't begin to run until your doc has the order closing the claim in hand. The dispute centers on who is entitled to notice and why:

RCW 51.52.050(1), provides that "[w]henever the department has made any order, decision, or award, it shall promptly serve the worker, beneficiary, employer, or other person affected thereby, with a copy thereof by mail." Department closure orders can be appealed by "the worker, beneficiary, employer, or other person aggrieved thereby." RCW 51.52.050(2)(a). Workers and other persons aggrieved, including attending physicians, may ask the Department to reconsider or appeal directly to the Board. Id.

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Allowing claim closure without notifying the attending physician would prevent the person primarily responsible for treating the injured worker from participating in the process that can result in closing a worker's claim. A central purpose of the notice requirement is to allow a party aggrieved by the closure order to seek reconsideration by the Department or to appeal the order to the Board. But when the Department failed to send Dr. Cook the revised closure order, her ability to appeal the order was compromised. See WAC 296-20-09701 (attending physician may request reconsideration of Department closure orders). If Shafer's appeal window purportedly closed 60 days after Shafer received the order, Dr. Cook would never be able to dispute the Department's determination that Shafer was "stable." The Department provides no rational basis to explain how WAC 296-20-09701, which allows attending physicians to protest closing orders, can be followed by a physician who is not sent a copy of the closure order.

The full opinion (9-0, I might add) offers plenty in the way of similarly harsh wording as to how integral the attending is to this process and how she is an aggrieved party within the statute.

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