Our Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Safety team helps employers navigate the complexities of the Washington Workers’ Compensation and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Acts. With a wealth of experience and a comprehensive understanding of Washington State laws, we are dedicated to ensuring that your business is well-represented and fully compliant. Our primary focus is on assisting employers in managing workplace injury claims, addressing occupational health matters, and upholding strict adherence to safety regulations. Our firm has earned recognition for its steadfast commitment to safeguarding the interests of employers, offering skillful legal counsel, and devising effective strategies to mitigate liability while promoting a safe and healthful working environment.
Areas of Experience
- Workers’ Compensation
Our employment law team delivers the personal attention and aggressive approach essential for representing employers and third-party administrators in both state-funded and self-insured claims. We have developed effective strategies to assist at every stage of a workers’ compensation claim, enabling employers to proactively mitigate the costs associated with complex cases. Our services include offering guidance on protesting adverse decisions at the Department of Labor and Industries, as well as representing clients in litigation before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and Superior Courts.
The statutes and regulations governing the workers’ compensation industry are constantly evolving. Our attorneys diligently monitor legislative developments to ensure our clients remain compliant and ahead of the curve. This vigilant approach supports the development and implementation of practical solutions in this dynamic legal landscape.
- Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA)
A safety investigation conducted by the Department of Labor and Industries may lead to the issuance of a citation. Each alleged violation could subject your company to significant fines, abatement costs, and increased future scrutiny.
Immediate action is crucial. Our WISHA defense team possesses the experience to offer prompt support, ranging from on-site assistance during investigations to litigation before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and Superior Courts. In cases of catastrophic loss, we act swiftly to determine potential liability and involve technical experts.
Our attorneys are skilled in helping companies appeal and resolve citations related to a variety of issues, including cranes, confined spaces, trenching, fall protection, lead, asbestos, accident prevention programs, and COVID-19 exposure.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Ryan Swanson’s employment attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that your health and safety practices are in full compliance with OSHA and other relevant workplace health and safety laws. Navigating an employer’s responsibilities can become complex when workplace injuries occur or safety violations are reported. Given the extensive legislative changes in this field, it is essential to have legal counsel with up-to-date, practical experience. The attorneys at Ryan Swanson bring a wealth of experience in dealing with such matters, providing you with the expert guidance you need.
- Department of Labor & Industries Audit
Employers are often caught off-guard when a Washington Department of Labor and Industries’ audit results in an Order of Assessment demanding back payment of industrial insurance premiums, penalties and accruing interest due to the misclassification of covered workers.
Our attorneys offer comprehensive representation through every stage of an industrial premium audit. Early engagement with our team ensures your company receives support in developing a timely and appropriate response to any requested documents.
With a meticulous approach and a deep understanding of your business structure, our team will devise a strategy to contest the assessment imposed and/or any wage claims filed by employees.
- Electrical Code Violations
The Department of Labor and Industries employs an Electrical Compliance, Outreach, Regulation, and Education (E-Core) team dedicated to identifying unlicensed contractors, uncertified electricians, and those who neglect to obtain electrical permits, issuing citations as necessary. Electrical violations that lead to a final judgment are listed on the Department’s website for six years, which may affect a company’s ability to successfully bid for projects.
Our attorneys provide assistance in resolving citations at the Department level and, if required, will represent clients in litigation before the Office of Administrative Hearings.