Steve Krafchick

  • Professional
    Organizations and Honors
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Public Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Bar Admissions
  • All Washington Courts, State and Federal
  • All Oregon Courts, State and Federal
  • U.S. District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Steven P. Krafchick, MPH, JD, is a Seattle attorney and longtime Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ) member, former WSAJ board member and committee member, and has been practicing law for over 33 years. He is known as an ardent advocate for people suffering with Fibromyalgia (FM). In the 1990’s, Steve took on insurers who wouldn’t cover trauma-caused Fibromyalgia. Instead of caring for their policyholders, insurance companies challenged both the medical condition and the diagnosis.

Though the fight against insurers has become increasingly difficult, Mr. Krafchick continues to successfully represent fibromyalgia sufferers – locally and nationally. He obtained a $2.3 million verdict in 2000 in a post-traumatic Fibromyalgia case, still believed to be on of the highest verdicts on record nationally on behalf of a post-traumatic FM case. Steve and several of his clients have appeared on numerous national and local television news and talk shows regarding Fibromyalgia, including Dateline NBC, Extra, and The Leeza Show. He has also been a featured speaker, locally and nationally, about the debilitating pain disorder.

Earlier in his career, he helped establish the doctrine of continuing tort in Washington in the Caughell v. Group Health Cooperative case.

More recently, he filed an amicus brief in a Washington Supreme Court Case, Anderson v. Akzo Nobel Coatings, on behalf of the National Fibromyalgia Association, in which the state’s high court clarified the application of the Frye doctrine in civil cases involving expert testimony on medical causation. The Anderson case represents final resolution to a fight that began shortly after the $2.3 million dollar verdict. Mr. Krafchick carried the fight for Fibromyalgia clients injured due to a physical trauma from shortly after that verdict for over 10 years to the Anderson decision which finally permitted post-traumatic fibromyalgia cases to go forward.

As a result of focusing his practice on Fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and pain related disorders, attorney Steve Krafchick is well-known for representing clients in ERISA and non-ERISA disability cases. One of Steve’s cases was ruled on by the U. S. Supreme Court, (Heimeshoff v Hartford et al Case 12-729) addressed the accrual date for statutes of limitations for judicial review of an adverse benefit decision under ERISA. Unfortunately the Supreme Court allowed ERISA plans to set statutes of limitations however they want, and refused to take up the question of how much notice an ERISA plan must give a beneficiary of a statute of limitations in their policy. Mr. Krafchick has successfully argued 9th Circuit appeals cases regarding ERISA disability cases, establishing law on statute of limitations in ERISA cases in the 9th Circuit (Wise v. Verizon ) and establishing what constitutes a flagrant disregard of ERISA requirements. (Leeson v Transamerica Disability Claim et al ).

In 2010, Steve was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve a 4-year term on the national Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC).

After completing his service on CFSAC, the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (IACFS) invited Steve to join its Board, where he continues to serve as Treasurer.

Steve founded Krafchick Law Firm PLLC in 1995. This established Seattle law firm handles personal injury cases involving a variety of medical conditions, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (previously known as RSD), Dystonia, Spinal Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other serious, disabling injuries. He also represents people with ERISA disability and health insurance claims, and private insurance disability claims. The firm also practices appellate law, usually on behalf of our clients’ cases warranting appeals to higher courts.