Author: Omeed Ghaffari

April 23, 2024
by Omeed Ghaffari

Navigating suspension of benefits and claim closure for Washington claims

There are several reasons why a self-insured employer may move the Department of Labor & Industries to suspend an injured worker’s benefits under the claim….

October 4, 2023
by Omeed Ghaffari

Limitations for self-insured employers in Washington recouping overpayment benefits

During the administration of a workers’ compensation claim, it is common for the self-insured employer or the Department of Labor and Industries to pay the…

April 11, 2023
by Omeed Ghaffari

When can a worker reclassify a Washington industrial injury claim to an occupational disease claim?

In Washington, workers’ compensation claims are bifurcated and categorized as an industrial injury or an occupational disease. An “industrial injury” involves a sudden and tangible…

November 1, 2022
by Omeed Ghaffari

Reassessing an injured worker’s status for permanent total disability following a reopening application in Washington workers’ compensation

An injured worker is permanently and totally disabled within the meaning of the Industrial Insurance Act when, as a result of the industrial injury, he/she…

July 20, 2022
by Omeed Ghaffari

Limitations on compensability for treating conditions impeding recovery in Washington

Under the compensable consequences doctrine, the consequences for a compensable industrial injury are considered to be part and parcel of the injury itself. The Board…

February 23, 2022
by Omeed Ghaffari

Applying Dispositive Motions to Presumption Claims in Washington

The Hanford Presumption was created in HB 1723 back in March of 2018. It created a presumption that certain diseases and conditions, enumerated in RCW…