What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
Since employees generally work more physically hazardous jobs than their bosses, they suffer the majority of workplace injuries and file most of the L & I claims in Washington State. But with these claims also comes criticism and skepticism from insurers and the business community. Workers often...
A recent study indicates that allowing workers to take paid sick leave can lower the rate of workplace injuries among employees, while simultaneously boosting a company’s bottom line. See our previous story on sick leave legislation in Washington State, “New Bill Requires Seattle Employers to Pr...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a branch of the Department of Labor, has announced a new “National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities.” This initiative aims are protecting workers from safety and health hazards commonly found in the medical ind...
How do I know if I have a third party claim? Individuals have a third party claim if they are injured in the course of their employment by a party who is NOT that person’s employer or coworker. For example, a delivery truck driver could be hit by another vehicle in the course of their daily route...
An Ohio worker is recovering from an industrial accident that resulted in a terrifying injury. 25-year-old Monica Thayer was hospitalized for nearly a month after he scalp was torn off her head while she was cleaning a machine that cuts steel tubing. The incident occurred at JR Engineering, a manufa...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Of the many concerns that today’s workers face, one of the most troubling is the prospect of losing income during an injury or prolonged illness. Sick or injured workers may suddenly find themselves unable...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Washington Labor and Industries is in the process of overhauling its website, www.lni.wa.gov. The revisions to the Washington L&I website are the result of user feedback collected over a significant perio...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Low-wage employees are often denied appropriate overtime pay and paid less than the minimum wage, according to a recent study based on a survey of employees in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Researchers ...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law.  www.emeryeddy.com A new and alarming report by the auditing arm of Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), states that many employers do not report workplace injuries and illnesses. Emplo...