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Coeur D’Alene Workers Compensation Lawyers

Have you been hurt on the job in the Coeur d’Alene Idaho area?

We want to help you with your work injury claim. Please call us at 208.232.6101 or 877.232.6101 or email us at Fred@racineolson.com. There are no stupid questions. Call us and we will give you a free case review. We have been helping hard working people just like you in the Coeur d’Alene area since 1987.

Our roots run deep representing injured workers in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Fred J. Lewis began working with injured workers in the Coeur d’Alene area in 1987. A notable case from these beginning years was Ryen v. City of Coeur d’Alene. Mr. Ryen was the mechanic for the city of Coeur d'Alene. In 1975 Mr. Ryen sustained an injury to his low back. Mr. Ryen had his first back surgery in 1978 and then a lumbar fusion surgery in 1980. He was then awarded a 15% to 20% whole person impairment rating by his treating physician. This impairment rating was paid. Mr. Ryen continued to have problems with his low back. In July of 1986, Mr. Ryen filed a complaint with the Idaho Industrial Commission. A hearing was held before the Commission, and the Referee assigned held that the statute of limitation had run on the 1975 claim many years ago. Mr. Ryen appealed this decision to the Idaho Supreme Court. In 1989 the Idaho Supreme Court reversed the Idaho Industrial Commission's decision and held that the payment to Mr. Ryen's treating physician on January 22, 1987 extended the statute of limitations and rendered his July 1986 complaint timely filed. (Ryen v. City of Coeur d’Alene, 115 Idaho 791, 770 P.2d 800 (1989).

Please call us with your questions about your Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Workers Compensation claim, and we will give you straightforward answers. We will fight for you just like Fred fought for Mr. Ryen 33 years ago.

Idaho workers compensation companies cannot close your case with the Idaho industrial Commission

Injured workers are often told by adjusters that their cases are closed and that they are going to receive no further benefits. An adjuster may close their file but that does not mean that you will receive no further benefits. There are statutes of limitation in Idaho that control when an injured worker is barred from filing a complaint before the Idaho Industrial Commission. These laws are contained in Idaho Code § 72-706. So long as your Coeur d’Alene area Idaho workers compensation claim is accepted, and some benefits are paid, you have 5 years to file your complaint with the Idaho Industrial Commission. As we can see from Mr. Ryen's case, there are special circumstances that can extend your statue limitations beyond the 5 years. Unfortunately, the payment of medical benefits no longer extends the statute of limitations under the Ryen case since the Idaho legislature has subsequently changed that portion of the Idaho law. However, if there are income benefits paid after the 5-year anniversary of your accident, the statute of limitation is extended as explained in the Ryen case. Please call us with all your questions about your Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Workers compensation claim, and we will answer them for free as part of a no obligation free case review 208.232.6101.

We have decades of experience as Idaho workers compensation attorneys. We will give you straightforward advice that you can use. We pursue these cases on a contingency fee or percentage fee of your cash settlement or award from the Idaho industrial Commission. You do not pay a fee unless we win your case. Contact us today.

Client Reviews
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“Fred Lewis is very knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient in explaining everything you need to know to help you win your case. He truly cares about you as a person and is on your side. I would strongly recommend Fred Lewis to anyone in need of an attorney. Thank You Fred Lewis, you made a big difference in my life.” Workers’ Compensation Client