Receiving just compensation as an employee can too often involve legal intervention, which is where the attorneys at the Sharpe Law Firm enters the picture. The firm, which is responsible for publishing the Washington Workers’ Compensation Law Blog, has represented various workers in the state of Washington for over 30 years. Chris Sharpe, the firm’s founder, updates the blog on the legal issues surrounding workers’ compensation as well as firm news.
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Several bills impacting workers' compensation were signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire this year. A brief summary of some of the major changes follows. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) payments The 8% interest applied to the unpaid balance of PPD awards has been eliminated....
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A coalition of consumer groups recently released a report critical of a move to privatize Washington's state-run workers' compensation program, saying the current system is "remarkably cost-effective, with higher benefits to workers." Voters in Washington State will soon make a big decision....