Recently, I came across a great new magazine called Horns and Hooks which focuses on outdoor adventures in the western states. Many of the articles are geared toward fishing and hunting trips right here in Washington.
This magazine contains a broad range of articles with many useful tips and practical advice on how and where to fish and hunt for the big ones. The layout is very easy to read and includes a lot of eye popping pictures. Continue reading Horns & Hooks
As Primary election ballots are set to be mailed next week for the August 7th election, I wanted to share our recommendations with you on the Supreme Court races and three other very important races for consumers and citizens.
Election statistics show that about twenty percent of voters skip the judicial races on their ballots. We know it is critical to have the right men and women leading our judicial system. We want to share with you the candidates we support and some reasons why.
There are three Supreme Court races on your ballot: Continue reading Important Election Information (August 7 Primary)
When you are able to return to work, and have reached maximum medical rehabilitation (meaning you are as good as you are going to get) your claim will close. Sometimes it closes with an award of Permanent Partial Disability. This is an award for loss of function of your body. Continue reading Reopening Your Claim
Anyone who has experienced ringing (buzzing, clicking, etc.) in the ears, for any period of time, knows how irritating this problem can be. This ringing, known as tinnitus, can cause significant problems including concentration difficulties, irritability, sleep disturbances, difficulty following conversations, anxiety, depression, interference with personal relationships and fatigue. Frequently, the Department simply ignores these functional problems. Continue reading Tinnitus – Silence is Golden
Starting July 1, 2012, the amount of money available for retraining costs will increase from $15,713.49 to $17,599.11. This applies to any plan approved on or after July 1, 2012. This increase is the result of an annual adjustment due to rising tuition costs. The injured worker still has up to two years for retraining. Continue reading Not All Sunsets Are Pretty
Recently, I attended a daylong seminar on Workers Compensation. One of the speakers was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). She had conducted an informal survey of other VRCs about what they do when there is “conflicting medical information.” Frequently, there are disagreements between the attending physician and the Department’s so-called Independent Medical Examiners (IMEs) regarding an injured worker’s work restrictions and treatment plans. Continue reading VRCs Who Play Doctor Need a Timeout
There are two very interesting judicial races that will be on the ballot in our area. Two of the candidates are my son and son-in-law, respectively. Continue reading Upcoming Judicial Races
Medical providers frequently send patients, particularly those who have been out of work for a while, to work conditioning and hardening to prepare them for returning to work or retraining. Work conditioning and hardening are performed in succession and are designed to meet a specific return to work or retraining goal. Usually an injured worker starts with work conditioning for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week, progressing to 5 days a week, over a 4 week period. Hours, days and weeks may vary. Continue reading Work Conditioning & Hardening
Physical Capacity Evaluations (PCEs)* are scientifically designed to determine an injured worker’s physical limitations. PCEs typically last 3 to 6 hours over a 1 or 2 day period. Generally, they include a series of tests involving lifting, carrying, sitting, standing, walking, and material handling. The end result is a comprehensive report providing a very detailed analysis of physical abilities over a 40 hour work week. These reports are very important since they are used to determine ability to work for time loss, pension, return to work and retraining purposes. Continue reading Physical Capacity Evaluations
How to file a complaint against an Independent Medical Examiner (IME):
The Department’s website states “IMEs should provide unbiased, accurate and comprehensive information and be carried out with dignity and respect for the worker.” Unfortunately, many IME providers have not read the Department’s website. Continue reading How to File an IME Complaint