Matthew Vook, Workers' Compensation Specialist
The workers’ compensation system can be confusing and a bit scary to those unfamiliar with it. Insurance companies know the system and know how to pay as little as possible. Some employers play “games” filing claims or providing appropriate information, which results in delayed medical treatment or unwarranted denials of claims. Injured workers need somebody to look out for their interests. That is where I come in.
I have been with Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold since April of 2018. I live and work in the Magic Valley and handle workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. In my time with the firm, I have fully litigated numerous cases and settled countless others. I serve as the chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Section Council of the Idaho State Bar and have presented at many workers’ compensation industry events. I am certified by the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist.
In addition, I sit on the board of Kids Chance of Idaho, a charity that provides scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. I’m passionate about assisting those who have been hurt on the job.
I grew up in Boise and spent my summers working on my uncle’s ranch in Montana. Upon graduating from Capital High School, I enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a nuclear machinist’s mate aboard a submarine. After receiving an honorable discharge, I returned to Boise and worked for Micron Technology as a gas services technician. I sought to broaden my experiences and left Micron to attend Boise State University and eventually Gonzaga University School of Law. I ran my own law practice for a short time before working for the Idaho Industrial Commission and an insurance company. Having worked for all sides of the workers’ compensation system provides me with a unique perspective to ensure that you get the most out of your case.
When I am not fighting for your rights, you can find me camping, gardening, or spending time with my family: wife – Ashleigh, son – Tanner, daughter – Athena, and miniature pig – Oswald.