Often, injured workers involved in a workers' compensation claim will receive notice from the Department of Labor and Industries instructing them to schedule and complete an IME exam. The reason cited by L&I, as well as many other private insurance companies, is that the IME allows a doctor othe...
Part two in our Labor Day series. In our recent post on the working poor in America, we discussed our broken economy’s inability to provide enough decent jobs for millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, uninsured, or living in poverty.  As we celebrate Labor Day this coming we...
As parents in Sacramento, CA, put children to bed earlier this week, planes flying overhead doused a 30,000-acre area with blanket of pesticides. The target of the repeated aerial spraying: mosquitoes. An increasing number of mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, but many citizens, environmentalist...
L&I makes significant payments for workplace injuries each year, with the biggest amount going to employees injured in major accidents involving machinery or construction injuries.  But one of today’s fastest-growing costs is payouts for strong painkillers, including many to workers who have ...
As Americans celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge, many are reflecting back on sweeping changes in workplace safety since the 1930s.  Workers who built the high-steel bridge understood a grim rule of thumb in those days: on average, one worker would die on the ...
One of the most disturbing trends in the American workforce is the high correlation between race and the likelihood of being killed on the job.  Fatality rates for Latino workers in the U.S. are considerably higher than for workers overall. At its peak in 2006, the annual rate of workplace fatality...
In the state of Washington, workers you have the right to choose their own doctor (or remain with their regular family physician) while receiving treatment for a work injury. Yet in some cases an employer or insurance provider will select a different doctor for an “independent medical examination...
Criminal background checks have become increasingly common in recent years as technology has made it easier for employers to look into our past. Background checks are also a convenient screening tool for hiring managers who need to quickly weed through growing numbers of applicants in a competitive ...
In observation of Worker's Memorial Day today, the Workers Compensation Attorneys at Emery Reddy commemorate the 69 individuals who died in Washington State last year as a result of job-related injuries and illnesses. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to families, friends and co-workers, and our deepe...