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Althauser Rayan Abbarno nominated “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County!

The law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno is honored to have been nominated “best place to work” in Lewis County for the second year in a row. The attorneys and staff pride themselves on being advocates for their clients and providing a high level of customer service and communication.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and serve clients throughout the State of Washington in areas of Personal Injury/Automobile Collisions; Workplace Injuries/Workers Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract/Property Disputes, and Corporate/Business formation.

In addition, the firm has the pleasure of announcing :

 Partners Peter Abbarno was nominated “Best Elected Official in Lewis County; and

Associate Jake McGhie was nominated “Best Young Professional” in Lewis County! 

The nominees were chosen by the Chronicle Newspaper readers and the final vote is June 19th through July 2nd.

You can vote once daily by visiting the Chronicle at

Re-Opening a Worker’s Compensation Claim: Who Pays?

Who pays to re-open a Worker’s Compensation Injury Claim?

When a Worker’s Compensation Claim has been closed by the Department of Labor and Industries or self-insurer by written order and more than sixty (60) days has passed, the injured workers generally has seven (7) years to file a re-opening application for full benefits. Submission of a formal “application to reopen claim for aggravation of condition” form # F 242-079-000 must be completed by a treating medical provider.

The Department or self-insurer is responsible for customary charges for examinations, diagnostic studies, and determining whether or not time-loss is payable regardless of the final action taken on the reopening application. Reopening applications should be submitted immediately.

When reopening is granted, the department or self-insurer can pay time loss and treatment benefits only for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days prior to date the application is received by the department or self-insurer. Necessary treatment should not be deferred pending a department or self-insurer adjudication decision.

However, should reopening be denied treatment costs become the financial responsibility of the worker. Therefore, the injured worker should be sure to have objective medical evidence of a worsening of the injury since the last date of claim closure.

If you or someone you know was injured at work, contact Peter Abbarno and the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

Peter Abbarno: Passionate Injury Attorney and Community Leader

Becoming injured is bad enough, but when your injury becomes a legal battle, it’s hard to focus on the important things – like getting well.

Peter Abbarno is a passionate attorney and partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno where he focuses on helping injured workers navigate complex worker’s compensation laws and victims injured in automobile collisions. Since 1946, the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been practicing in Thurston County and throughout Washington state. Their attorneys, like Peter Abbarno, know the law, as well as the doctors and experts their clients need. This helps Abbarno give his clients the best representation possible.

Peter Abbarno
Peter Abbarno (far right), his wife Holly, Amy DeBolt and Rep. Richard DeBolt, at the 2017 Governor’s Ball in Olympia. Photo credit: Peter Abbarno

“We have a new office in Olympia to make it easier for our clients,” he says. “I am very excited to continue working in Thurston County and the office just makes it that much more convenient.”

Abbarno’s motto is “equal access to justice.” He is very passionate about bringing fairness to injury clients, leveling the playing field, and achieving the best possible results to fully compensate clients for their injuries.

Abbarno is known in the community for his work ethic and ability to get things done.  When not working on injury cases, Abbarno improves the community by serving on Centralia City Council, and on the board of directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis and Centralia College Foundation. Abbarno also  hosts a radio show entitled, “Let’s Talk About It,” which broadcasts from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday on KELA-AM 1470. Abbarno discusses local, state, and federal issues, as well as government and politics. He also has a variety of guests – from elected officials to non-profit organizations like Raise for Rowyn.

“I want to improve our community by helping others,” said Abbarno. “Injured workers and clients injured in automobile collisions need an attorney that not only understands the law, but understands their circumstances. Clients deserve an attorney who works hard in and out of the courtroom. That is exactly what a client gets when they hire Althauser Rayan Abbarno.”

For more information on Pete Abbarno visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call 360-352-1134.

Read the whole article by Kristina Lotz in the Article about Injury Attorney and Partner Peter Abbarno.

If you or someone you know was injured at work or in an automobile collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno supporting Lewis County Special Olympics!

The attorneys and staff at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are supporters and sponsors of the LETR Law Enforcement Torch Run in Lewis County; an 18.1 mile torch run to highlight the abilities of our local athletes and Lewis County Special Olympics.

Check out this video of Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno running with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia, WA Police Department, and Chehalis Police Department in support of their efforts to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics!

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Experience Chehalis!

Posted by Peter Abbarno on Thursday, June 1, 2017

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision, accident, or at work, call the experienced injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for a free consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Free Althauser Rayan Abbarno Auto Collision Glove Box Card!

The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend is expected to be the heaviest traveled Memorial Day Weekend since 2005, so please plan ahead.

Consider picking up our FREE Auto Collision Card to put in your glove box before your trip. It has a list of things you should and should not do in the event of a collision and provides an essential outline of important information you will need to retrieve from the scene of the collision.

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has fought for the rights and benefits of those injured in automobile collisions, at work, and by the negligence of others.

If you were injured in an automobile collision and want a FREE Injury Consultation or if you would like to pick up your FREE Automobile Collision glove box card, call our offices in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

Automobile Collision: Does your child have the right restraint?

According to the CDC, Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented.

  • In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2015, and more than 121,350 were injured in 2014.
  • One CDC study found that, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.
  • Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2015 (for which restraint use was known), 35% were not buckled up.

You can help protect children from an injury in an automobile collision by using the correct restraints!

  • Based on strong evidence of effectiveness, the Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends car seat laws and car seat distribution plus education programs to increase restraint use and decrease injuries and deaths to child passengers.
  • Car seat distribution plus education programs are also recommended in a more recent review for increasing restraint use.
  • A study of five states that increased the age requirement to 7 or 8 years for car seat/booster seat use found that the rate of children using car seats and booster seats increased nearly three times and the rate of children who sustained fatal or incapacitating injuries decreased by 17%.

The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want to remind you to properly fit your child with a car restraint. If you need assistance, watch this short video to help!

Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Injuries!

Generally, the operator of a business owes a duty of reasonable care for the safety of members of the public who are invited as customers to his/her business premises. This includes a duty to warn and inspect for dangerous conditions and to use reasonable care to maintain the premises so they are reasonably safe for invitees.
It is usually a question of fact for a jury whether, under all of the circumstances, a defective condition existed long enough so an owner exercising reasonable care would have discovered it. Constructive knowledge exists if the unsafe condition has been present long enough that a person exercising ordinary care would have discovered it.
Slipping on water at a business is a common personal injury claim. However, the mere presence of water on a floor where the plaintiff slipped is likely not enough to prove negligence by the possessor of the property. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that the water made the floor dangerously slippery, and the property owner knew or should have known both that water would make the floor slippery, and that there was water on the floor at the time the plaintiff slipped.
Most rules have exceptions. Where the nature of the operator’s business and methods of operation are such that the existence of unsafe conditions on the premises are either continuous or reasonably foreseeable, then the establishment of notice by the owner/operator does apply. However, the injured plaintiff must still prove that the defendant failed to take reasonable care to prevent the injury.
A business operator also has a duty to protect customers and visitors from reasonably foreseeable injury from other patrons. This includes a duty to warn patrons of a potential danger created by other patrons themselves. For example, a court has held that it was for a jury to determine whether a store should have warned its customers of danger where a customer was injured by a shoplifter who was fleeing from store detectives.
If you or someone you know was injured due to the negligence of others, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Consultation and Case Evaluation!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno presented with “Night Out with Santa” award from Centralia Police Department

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, partners Todd Rayan (r) and Peter Abbarno (l) were presented a plaque by Ruben Ramirez and Teresa Ramirez for supporting the 2016 Centralia, WA Police Department “Night Out With Santa” program.

The Ramirez Family and amazing volunteers helped 90 City of Centralia families by providing clothes, gifts, toys, food, and a happier holiday! The personal injury and workers compensation attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno appreciate your service to our community.

Peter Abbarno: Guest Editorial on Civil Legal Services

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno: Guest Editorial in the Chronicle on Civil Legal Services!

We all know that there are critical components of every thriving community. We see them every day in our community, professional and public work — like vibrant public schools, servant leaders taking active roles in our community, volunteers helping those less fortunate to improve their lives, and a fair justice system.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has provided civil legal services to low-income residents in Lewis County for more than 25 years. Supporting Legal Aid is not only the right thing to do, but it is a fiscally responsible approach to budgetary constraints. Thank you, Carolyn Hipps, Director of Lewis County Bar Legal Aid, Todd Chaput, and the United Way of Lewis County for your effort and continued support of Legal Aid in Lewis County.

In this time of budget and policy challenges, we should all be able to agree that access to justice is part of what helps our community succeed and is a central part of our democracy.  We should encourage our elected leaders to do all they can to ensure the fairness of our civil justice system, and continue to adequately fund the civil legal aid system.

Read my guest commentary with Todd Chaput in The Chronicle.

Peter Abbarno: Emcee, Auctioneer, and Supporter of Legal Aid

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and partner Peter Abbarno recently helped the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid raise funds at the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum to provide free legal assistance to low income and senior citizen residents of Lewis County.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has been a client-centered non-profit organization serving Lewis County for over 25 years. Their mission is to provide local, accessible, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.