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Court Says BIIA Can't Review Represented Settlements

By Greg Jones (Senior Editor)

Friday, May 23, 2014 | 0

The Court of Appeals of the state of Washington said the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals is not allowed to review settlements to determine whether they are in the best interest of an injured worker who has hired an attorney.The court said 2011 reform legislation that authorized structured settlements requires the BIIA to determine whether a settlement is in the interest of an unrepresented worker but rejected the board’s argument that it is required – or even allowed – to review settlements in represented cases.“This approach assigns the determination of one&rsquo...

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