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 […]
October 16, 2014

What Is the Difference Between an Industrial Injury and an Occupational Disease?

Washington State workers’ compensation laws protect workers who sustain injuries or illnesses in the course of employment. Through the Washington workers’ compensation system, injured workers can get payments to cover medical expenses, partial compensation for lost wages, and payments for partial or total disabilities. Additional benefits, such as vocational counseling, may also be available. Defining Industrial Injury Under Washington law, an industrial injury is considered to be a sudden or tangible happening of a traumatic nature with an immediate or prompt result. One of the most common types of industrial injuries is a fall at work. Most injuries cause bumps, […]
September 22, 2014

A Guide to Determining Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Were you injured while working in the State of Washington? If so, you may be eligible for Washington workers’ compensation benefits. Getting hurt at work can be painful and costly. Missing work due to an injury on the job only exacerbates the problem. Workers’ comp benefits may include the payment of medical treatment, lost wages, compensation for partial permanent impairment, vocational rehabilitation, and more. Washington State Workers’ Compensation Laws Washington State is one of four states that are monopolistic, or in other words, the state government rather than a private insurance company is the insurer. Employers with one or more […]
September 12, 2014

Do You Need a Seattle Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

A workplace injury or occupational disease could result in medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover those costs. If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you might be wondering whether you should hire a Seattle workers’ compensation attorney to represent you. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you file a claim and get the compensation you’re entitled to. The types of injuries and illnesses that workers’ comp benefits typically cover include the following: Traumatic physical injuries Injuries due to repetitive physical motions Occupational diseases Death on the job Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims […]
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