Workers’ Compensation Insurance Disputes

It’s Not Just Idaho

As attorneys representing Idaho’s injured workers, we often hear about how unfair Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation system can be. Having handled countless workers compensation claims, our Idaho work comp attorneys have seen unreasonable denials and frustrating delays in workers’ compensation cases.

But, we’re not alone in Idaho. Injured workers in other states face many of the same obstacles encountered by workers’ compensation claimants in Idaho. Honolulu Civil Beat recently investigated the Hawaii workers’ comp system and reported:

“Hawaii’s workers’ comp system forces many injured workers with long-lasting or complex injuries to battle insurance companies and their hand-picked doctors to get treatment and disability payments.” (Read the rest of the article here)

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Doctors

The hand-pick doctors discussed in the article above are referred to as independent medical examiners, or IME doctors as the insurance adjusters like to call them, in Idaho. IME doctors generally give opinions that hurt the injured worker and help the insurance company’s bottom line. At Goiocoechea Law Offices, LLP, we are experienced at disputing insurance company doctors.

Has Your Idaho Workers’ Compensation Claim Been Denied?

Our attorneys have been battling workers’ compensation insurance companies in Idaho for decades. We handle cases against work comp insurance companies like the Idaho State Insurance Fund, Liberty Northwest Insurance, Workers Compensation Exchange, Associated Loggers Exchange, the Industrial Special Indemnity Fund, and more.

If you have been hurt at work and need help, contact our experienced work comp lawyers to help you navigate Idaho’s complex legal system. We represent injured workers from the date of the accident until your case is concluded. Contact Goicoechea Law Offices for help now.

Winter Driving Car Accidents

Winter Roads

With winter here in North Idaho and Eastern Washington, we all need to be extra careful on the roads. Snow, ice, and frost cause countless accidents in Idaho and Washington every winter.

Safe Winter Driving

The Idaho State Police and the Washington State Department of Transportation have both prepared tips on winter driving to help you travel safely and avoid personal injuries in a car crash:

Have You Been Injured In A Car Wreck?

Safe winter driving decreases the likelihood of a car accident and personal injury. As those who live in Idaho and Washington know, however, winter car wrecks happen. If you are injured in a car crash in Idaho or Washington, contact our experienced attorneys to learn about your rights.

Social Security Hearing Wait Times Are Long

Waiting for a Social Security Hearing, Be Prepared to Wait

Let’s face it – Social Security hearing wait times are long! Following the initial denial, the claimant files a Request for Reconsideration. After Social Security denies the reconsideration application , the claimant requests a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.

For someone who lives in North Idaho, expect to wait over a year for your hearing. Residents of North Idaho and Eastern Washington have their Social Security hearings at the Spokane Office of Hearing Operations in Spokane, Washington. The current wait time for a hearing in Spokane, according the the Social Security Administration’s statistics is 14 months.¬†https://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html

If you live in Lewiston, Moscow, Orofino, Grangeville, Kamiah, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, or anywhere else in North Idaho and have been denied Social Security disability, contact Goicoechea Law Offices for a free case review. Our disability attorneys may be able to help you get your Social Security claim approved.

Idaho Work Injuries and Opioids

Idaho Work Injuries and Opioid Use

Nationwide there is a discussion about prescribing opioids to treat work injuries. Significant work injuries often cause serious pain. Generally, knee injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, etc., that result in surgery also result in prescription medications. Chronic pain also commonly accompanies catastrophic work injuries and is treated with prescription pain killers.

Along with prescription medications come the risks of side effects, addiction, abuse, and overuse. The Idaho Industrial Commission and the Idaho Office of Drug Policy will be discussing opioids as they relate to work injuries on December 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Boise.

See the Idaho Industrial Commission flyer for more details.

If you have been hurt at work, contact our experienced attorneys for help at 208.743.2313.

Social Security Disability Hearing

Social Security Delays

Social Security applications are usually followed by a long delay, then a denial. The delay and the potential financial ruin brought on by a Social Security Disability denial are too familiar to the disabled people our attorneys represent. The Star-Telegram ran an informative, but depressing, Social Security Disability article:

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article184703718.html