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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

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: Division I

Rogers v. Dept. of Labor & Indus.

Lisa Rogers was hurt on the job when she slipped and fell.  She then developed persistent low back pain.  A surgeon performed two surgeries on her spine.  Both surgeries were authorized and paid for by the Department of L & I.  Both surgeries were unsuccessful.

Ms. Rogers still had pain in her back.  She requested another surgery.  The Department of L & I said no.  The spine surgeon declined to second guess the decision when Ms. Rogers informed him that her private health insurer would pay for the additional surgery.  Ms. Rogers had the surgery.  It was also unsuccessful.  Probably because the private health insurer decided not to pay for the surgery, Ms. Rogers asked L & I to pay for the most recent surgery.  (Surgery is very expensive.)

The Court of Appeals determined that (1) its review would be guided by the substantial evidence test and would not be de novo, and (2) that Ms. Rogers could not show that her surgery was either curative or rehabilitative after the fact.

The Court suggested that Ms. Rogers should have gotten her surgeon to fight with L & I before going through numerous appeals.  Since she didn’t do that, the Court said it wouldn’t second guess the lowers courts’ (Superior Court and Board of Industrial Appeals) findings.

Note to self: Watch out for the appellate court’s standard of review.  They can hide behind it (e.g. rational basis, substantial evidence) if they want to kick a case, though they do not have to.  See, e.g., Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996).

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