Clark County v. Maphet, an important decision for all workers!
Last week the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2 handed down a very important decision in a case argued by our own Doug Palmer! In Clark County v. Maphet, the Court affirmed that where a self-insured employer or the Department of Labor & Industries authorizes medical treatment, it is responsible for the underlying medical condition being treated and cannot later disclaim responsibility. It also affirmed that if unexpected consequences occur from authorized surgery, then the self-insured employer or Department is also responsible for those complications.
You can read the decision for yourself here: https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&filename=511703MAJ