A Washington law passed last year raised hopes among minority and marginalized populations whose access to public resources has withered since affirmative action was banned in the state in 1998. But before the law went into effect and reintroduced diversity goals into public education, employment...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finds itself in uncharted territory as workers’ compensation claims related to the novel coronavirus continue to flood in. Unlike claims around more common on-the-job injuries, those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic pose unique questio...
After nearly a half of a year stuck in legal battles and hospital beds, East Olympia firefighter Chief Warren Peterson has been granted workers’ compensation benefits in what seemed like an open-and-shut case, according to an investigation by KING 5 News. The case, which turned out to be anythin...
Those who study workplace injuries in the U.S. had both good and bad news to report this past week. There are fewer occupational injuries today; but the bad news is those who are hurt now get far less help. This data comes from an important report just released on how the system is failing to provi...
Yesterday, CVS announced that it plans to stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products at its 7,500 stores by October 2014, making it the first U.S. drugstore chain to remove cigarettes from its shelves. Public health officials praised the decision of the second-largest drugstore in the c...
While employers across the country are taking measures to address obesity in the workplace, much work remains to be done, and businesses need additional tools and resources, especially among small and mid-size organizations. These findings were reported following a survey of more than 500 businesses...
The past few years have brought an alarming number of studies and reports on short-term effects of concussions on youth who play sports, as well as possible long-term repercussions for professional athletes who play high-impact contact sports like football and hockey. All of these belong to a demogr...
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...
 A third-party claim can be filed against the individuals or companies whose negligence caused your injuries. Yet many third party injuries are not as straightforward as they initially seem. These cases can require careful investigation and a comprehensive understanding of liability law to identify...