February 9, 2015

Is Your Injury or Illness Work-Related?

If you get hurt or sick on the job, you will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits as long as you can prove that your injury or illness is work-related. Generally speaking, you must be able to prove that you were doing something for the benefit of your employer and that it resulted in your injury or illness. In addition, you must meet other eligibility requirements to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation covers injured workers’ medical bills in addition to providing a portion of their lost wages. Workers’ compensation also offers temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, death benefits, and […]
January 28, 2015

Making a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Washington State

Repetitive stress injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are becoming increasingly common, especially as more and more workers perform their jobs at a desk with a computer and mouse. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. It is caused by the compression of the median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in your hands. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pins and needles, a dull ache in the hand and arm, and pain, tingling, and numbness in the hands and fingers. Symptoms tend to develop gradually and are typically worse at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is […]
December 10, 2014

Questions to Ask a Seattle Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Suffering a workplace injury or occupational disease is a stressful experience that could come with many costs, including medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. If you have been injured at work, you might consider hiring a Seattle worker’s compensation lawyer to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, which will cover any costs associated with your injury. An attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive the medical care and compensation you are entitled to. A lawyer can also guide you in filing a third-party claim, obtaining Social Security disability benefits, or appealing a denied claim. […]
November 25, 2014

What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job in Washington

If you are injured at work or develop an occupational disease, you can file a workers’ compensation claim with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). If your workers’ compensation claim is accepted, you will receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of medical care related to your injury or illness. If you are unable to work after your injury, you may also be eligible to receive a portion of your lost wages. Seek Treatment Right Away If you suffer an injury at work, the first thing you should do is get treatment as soon as possible. […]
November 7, 2014

Can You Receive Both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you have been hurt at work or have developed a serious medical condition that prevents you from working, you may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Some workers who are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Washington State may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits, or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Contrary to popular belief, Social Security isn’t just a retirement benefit. If you are unable to work due to an injury or illness that is expected to last for more than a year, SSDI benefits can provide you with much-needed assistance either temporarily or permanently. In most […]
October 28, 2014

How to Appeal a Workers’ Compensation Claim Decision in Washington State

Do you disagree with the outcome of your workers’ compensation claim? If you disagree with a workers’ compensation claim decision made by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), you can file a “Protest and Request for Reconsideration” to appeal. There is no particular form used to do this. You simply write a letter to the adjudicator listed on the order you dispute, stating the reasons why you disagree. The first page of the order will have the address to which you must send the dispute. You cannot phone in your protest – your protest must be in writing […]