David Charles Snell’s Answers

David Charles Snell

Tacoma Workers' Compensation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Am I to late to look for an attorney?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Patrick Arthur Palace
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. David Charles Snell
    4. Rondi Thorp
    5. Thomas Klusmeyer
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Pat is correct. We see clients at all stages of these cases, but the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to achieve the correct outcome for you. You may wish to set up an appt with Pat's office ASAP.

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  2. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, My dominant hand is not healing like my other hand. My fingers are swollen and have

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. David Charles Snell
    3. Susan J Holm
    4. David J. McCormick
    5. Marilynn Mika Spencer
    5 lawyer answers

    This scenario is pretty common. You may use your doctor as a shield against inappropriate repetetive light duties. Many employers and case managers can be more determined and manipulative than an injured worker. If your Doc hangs in there, and you are clear, the employer may decide they don't have "light duty" at this time. I also like your idea of having the doctor pull you out until your hand improves or the employer actually respects your limitations.

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  3. Reopen L&I claim. Labor and industries. ? Workers

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. David Charles Snell
    2. Susan J Holm
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    3 lawyer answers

    It is usually pretty hard to get a closed claim reopened. You would need to show objective worsening of the industrial injury and a need for further curative treatment. If your doc sees a need for another surgery and there is a recent MRI showing worsening, you'd have a shot at it. Attorneys would charge you 30% of new benefits they helped you obtain, and probably a lesser percent on any new time loss, or pension award. However, it may be tough to get an attorney interested because you...

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  4. Help- employment labor laws broke (a sweatshop in tacoma) and injured badly while working. Work wont help!

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Benjamin Riverbed Sligar
    2. David Charles Snell
    3. Christopher Sharpe
    4. Marilynn Mika Spencer
    5. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
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    She is probably covered by L&I even if she was working under the table. The employer will probably get in big trouble for not paying premiums or min wage. There may be some back wages if they can be documented and medically certified. Treatment would be available, and possibly some PPD for skin impairment (not 4 scarring).

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  5. How do you reopen an L&I claim?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. David Charles Snell
    2. Grady Martin
    3. George Ellis Corson IV
    4. David J. McCormick
    4 lawyer answers

    Go to a doctor and file an "Application to Reopen" form. Reopening is possible within 7 years of the first final closure of the claim. He must need additional curative treatment for the industrial injury, and show Objective signs of worsening (like a worse x-ray or MRI). If L&I denies reopening he will have 60 days to protest or appeal that in writing.

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  6. Work place shoulder injury

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Patrick Arthur Palace
    2. Kyle Richard Smith
    3. David Charles Snell
    4. Mishka L Marshall
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    Probably. Self Insured employers are even more aggressive than L&I in controlling claim costs. Even though this is a no-fault system, you wouldn't know it sometimes. Surgeons (and their PAC's) often understate the degree of impairment post-surgery - after all, they "fixed" you.

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  7. Workers Comp Question

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David J McAuliff
    2. David Charles Snell
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    4. George Ellis Corson IV
    5. John M Connell
    5 lawyer answers

    Usually we can steer around these unrelated medical needs. If the recovery from GERD surgery interferes with light duty or (possibly) retraining, we sometimes see L&I or a self insured employer try to leverage that to mess with your benefits. I have some counter-measures for when that happens but it is very case specific.

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  8. I had auto accident on 4/20/12

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Ashley Noelle White
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. David Charles Snell
    5 lawyer answers

    Certainly possible to retrieve both policy limits if your new/superimposed injury is properly medically documented. Your attorney knows more about the facts and evidence in your case and you should trust her/him unless you have some good reason to not. Most of our PI attorneys in Puget Sound region know what they're doing.

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  9. Does anyone know about TPD ( Total permanent disability) award amount is?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher Sharpe
    2. Mark Compton Wagner
    3. Roger Harvey van Hoy
    4. Amie Christine Peters
    5. David Charles Snell
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    TPD is a monthly benefit awarded when a worker has reached "maximum medical improvement" and cannot be employed or retrained. The system looks at your age, education, work experience and the residuals of your industrial injury. The TPD amount is essentially the same as your time loss rate; just that it's permanent instead of temporary. TPD is in lieu of PPD (perm partial disability, often called "settlement").

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  10. L&I injury

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Donald W. Heyrich
    2. David Charles Snell
    3. Carter William Hick
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    Cannot sue the TPA (third party administrator) The best you can do is pursue your claim vigorously and beat them with the facts. Opinion of an attending physician is entitled to "Special Consideration under Washington Law so you should win the appeal. You should get a lawyer, unless L&I is defending its own order in your favor.

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