WE ARE MOVING ……..

Effective September 5th, our offices will be located at 403 SW 41st St, Renton, WA   98057-4926. We will be located in the “South Lind Square” office park located across the street from the IKEA store in Renton. Our CONTACT information remains the same: Phone:   425-227-4260 Fax:   425-227-5140 Email:   lizardlawfirm@leonardmoen.com  

Workers Compensation Benefits Rise by 2.6%

In order to keep up with inflation, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries increases worker’s compensation benefits once per year, on July 1. This year, the increase was 2.6% as Washington’s average annual wage grew in 2015 to $56,273. State law requires that benefits be adjusted each year to reflect the change in the state’s average wage […]

Success Story: Ruth Helps Client Recover from Accident

I recently settled a hit and run road rage case. This is something I routinely see happening now. In this case my client was traveling to work in the early morning hours on I-405. His vehicle was side swiped by another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver that hit my client fled the scene […]

SSA improves process to discharge student loans for some beneficiaries

Bad news: Social Security disability benefits may be garnished if the beneficiary has outstanding student loans. Good news: Some student loans can be discharged if the former student is found to be disabled. Better news: The discharge process was recently simplified for those Social Security Disability beneficiaries who are totally permanently disabled. Generally, total permanent […]

Can you work while receiving Social Security Benefits?

You might think that once you start receiving disability payments through social security that you can’t work. But, according to The Motley Fool, you actually can work under certain circumstances. To be considered eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you cannot engage in what’s known as substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration defines […]

More About Washington State’s Worker’s Compensation system

Washington state’s Worker’s Compensation System is run by the state department of Labor and Industries. It covered 2.69 million workers spread across 174,000 employers in 2015. Like other Worker’s Compensation insurance, it is “no fault” which means it pays eligible claims no matter who is at fault. It covers most workers in the state, with […]

How does the 2015 Social Security changes affect disability payments?

IN 2015, Congress passed some changes to Social Security. The biggest changes affected the retirements aspects of the Social Security program: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-74; November 2, 2015), made some changes to Social Security’s laws about claiming retirement and spousal benefits. Section 831 of the law (entitled “Closure of Unintended […]