Switch back to WCC classic look

WorkCompCentral – Workers' Compensation Education, Courses, News and Information

Call or email us anytime
(805) 484-0333
Search Guide
Today is Monday, July 13, 2020 -

News Articles

Fire Chief Fights to Get Claim Accepted After Crash

  • State: Washington
  • Topic: WEST
  • - Average time spent on item: 131 minutes
  • - Popular with: Insurance

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries decided to accept the claim of an East Olympia fire chief who was injured in a vehicle crash, according to news report.

L&I had rejected the claim of Chief Warren Peterson three times, KING5 News reported.

But three days after the news outlet contacted L&I and said it was planning a story, the claim was accepted. A department spokesman told KING5 that workers’ comp claims can be complex and that Peterson’s employer couldn’t confirm that he was working at the time of the crash.

Peterson was severely injured in May when a pickup slammed into the motorcycle he was riding on Highway 12. Peterson had dropped off a new brush fire truck to his department from the Washington Fire Chiefs Expo in the Tri-Cities area. He and his wife then returned to pick up his personal motorcycle.

L&I denied Peterson’s claim, saying the accident was "not in the course of employment." Peterson hired an attorney and appealed the decision in August, but the claim was again rejected.

Following the crash, Peterson spent about a month at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to recover from a crushed arm and leg, three surgeries, infections and a stroke.

No Comments

Log in to post a comment


Do not post libelous remarks. You are solely responsible for the postings you input. By posting here you agree to hold harmless and indemnify WorkCompCentral for any damages and actions your post may cause.

Featured Video

Upcoming Events

Workers' Compensation Events

Social Media Links

WorkCompCentral Workers' Compensation
News and Education
4081 Mission Oaks Blvd
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 484-0333