PIP policies have provisions that allow insurance companies to ask for an “independent medical examination” or IME. An IME is usually triggered because (1) you have been treating for a certain length of time, (2) your treatment has surpassed a set dollar amount, (3) your PIP carrier has seen reference to a pre-existing medical conditions or a post-collision injury, (4) you have discontinuity...Read More
Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is a first-party coverage. Every policy in Washington has PIP unless the insurance company obtained a written, signed waiver of coverage. PIP covers (1) persons named in the policy, (2) minor family members of the household, (3) passengers in an insured vehicle, and (4) pedestrians that are struck by an insured vehicle. PIP benefits are payable...Read More
In the 2020 Washington legislative session, lawmakers repealed prohibitions on sexual intercourse without prior disclosure of a sexually transmitted disease other than HIV. Although this removed a specific criminal penalty for infected persons who risk transmitting a disease without disclosure, that act still constitutes battery. Even when there is no criminal penalty for transmission of an...Read More
Collision coverage is an optional first party coverage that you can purchase on your own policy. It will pay for damage to your vehicle as a result of a collision. Benefits under this coverage are payable regardless of fault. Even if you just ran into a telephone pole, you can still make collision claim. There is usually a deductible that you must pay. If another driver was at fault and you...Read More
There are several insurance coverages that may come into play in your case: Depending on the facts of your case, you may be making claims under your own insurance policy, making claims against another driver who is covered by insurance, or both. Claims that you make against your own policy are generally referred to as “first party” claims. First party claims include situations where you are an...Read More
An advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) has advanced training through a graduate level program, and can have primary responsibility for patient care. This means that they can act as a primary care physician; prescribing medications and directing a patient’s care.
ARNPs in Washington State provide care in various settings, from general health to diverse specialties....Read More