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Drinking on the Job with Benefits

Posted by Chuck Conrad | May 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

A roofer, who has been drinking beer and falls off the roof, may still be covered by industrial insurance. If a worker's claim is denied because the worker was drinking alcohol on the job, the worker should contact a Labor and Industries attorney because drinking on the job does not automaticall...

Compensate Consequene Doctrine

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Apr 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

If an L&I client has surgery or other medical treatment, which makes the employer worse, the employee is entitled to compensation under his/her L&I claim. This is called the "compensate consequence doctrine."

L&I Benefits While Working

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Mar 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

If a job causes a worker serious discomfort or pain or that his/her life or health is endangered, the worker may be found to be totally disabled even if the worker is working. A worker is not required to work if the job causes serious pain. A worker may apply for a pension even though the worke...

Claim allowed after Retirement

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Feb 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

The injured worker was a firefighter for 20 years. After his retirement, he developed pulmonary fibrosis. His L&I claim for the condition was allowed as an occupational disease. This case is important as it reminds workers who develop a condition after retirement, that the condition may be a val...

At Home Working and Covid-19

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Apr 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

When deciding if an at home injury is work related, one of the important questions is “did the worker choose to work at home or did the employer require the worker to work at home?” It is important for the “at home worker” to have a designated area in the home where work is done. This can be a...

Answering Working At Home

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Apr 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

In my last blog, I asked the question, “if a woman who was working from home, injured herself when she fell on steps heading to her basement office.” A Pennsylvania court ruled this is a work injury because the woman was returning to her home office in the basement to answer a ringing business...

Working at Home

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Jan 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Millions of workers are doing their jobs at home. If a worker is injured at home while working, does this worker have a valid worker's compensation claim? The answer is probably. The fact patterns for the cases are fascinating. In Oregon, benefits were allowed when a woman tripped over her do...

COVID 19 and Work

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Oct 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

Do I have a valid Workman's Compensation claim if I contact COVID 19? There are no cases that have answered this question. However, there may be a claim and I would advise my client to apply for benefits. The following questions and many more are important: What are the business' policies on...

One of my Most Memorable L&I Clients

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Oct 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

The most unique industrial injury case I had the pleasure of handling was for a roofer. He and his buddy were roofing a house. In one corner of the roof, was a large tree branch, which made it very difficult to work on the roof. My client and his buddy had a plan. They tied a rope around the br...

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