L&I Claim in Washington State: Minimum and Maximum Time-loss Compensation Rates

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If you have an L&I claim in Washington State, then you are probably familiar with time-loss compensation benefits. Most often, time-loss is paid at a base rate of 60%. What does this mean? Take your wages at the time of your work injury or industrial disease. L&I or the self-insured employer pay 60% of those […]

L&I Issues Fines for Washington State Companies for Deadly Safety Violations

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Back in January, a trench collapsed at the wind farm site in Skookumchuck, Washington. The trench collapse killed one worker and resulted in a work injury that seriously wounded another. Recently, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced the results of a long investigation of the incident.   How did this construction work injury […]

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remembering Our Fallen Co-Workers

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April 28th was Workers’ Memorial Day which remembers workers that died or suffered a serious work injury. However, due to COVID19 the usual ceremonies that happen internationally are cancelled.  In 2019 alone, 98 workers in Washington State lost their lives to industrial injuries or occupational diseases.  According to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), […]

How COVID-19 is Impacting Your L&I Claim in Washington State

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L-and-I claims in Washington State and COVID 19

COVID-19 continues to impact Washington State including people going through a workers’ compensation claim. However, the good news is that there are some temporary policies to help L&I claim related treatment progress. Additionally, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals is working to move cases forward through telephonic hearings when practical.   L&I Workers’ Compensation Claim […]

L&I Claim and Remote Medical Exam Telehealth Service

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It’s important that injured workers and medical providers know that telehealth is a valid option for keeping your L&I claim moving forward. Telehealth also allow you to limit exposure for at-risk individuals while respecting social distancing guidelines.   What is Telehealth? Telehealth allows a person with a work injury to get medical care remotely through […]

Warning of Non-Cooperation in Workers’ Compensation Claims in Washington State

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People that suffer a work injury while working their job have certain rights and benefits under the Industrial Insurance Act. After they file a workers’ compensation claim or L&I claim, they also have some responsibilities under their claims. This fact holds true for an industrial injury workers’ comp claim as well as an occupational disease […]

L&I Workers’ Compensation Claims in Washington State and the Quality of Medical Opinions

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Being an Attending Provider in an L&I claim or a workers’ compensation claim in Washington State can be burdensome. In fact, the Attending Provider (or Attending Physician) has a big job to do.   Attending provider duties in an L&I workers compensation claim More explicitly, there are several important responsibilities that come with being an […]

Work Injury Hazards for Outdoor Workers During the Winter

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), outdoor work environments pose a variety of work injury hazards. The specific hazards vary depending on the type of work being done, geography, and season. Work injury risks also depend on the lengths of time each worker is exposed to outdoor cold temperatures, snow, […]

L&I Claim in Washington State – Reality Versus Perspective

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Workers compensation claims are challenging for a variety of reasons. However, I think one of the biggest reasons that L&I claims are so challenging for work injury claimants, is because there is a disconnect between reality and the claim narrative. What I mean is, I can review claim file materials like letters, forms, decisions and […]

L&I Insurance Rates are Going Down for Employers

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Breaking news coming straight from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I): Employer Workers’ Compensation insurance rates are going down this upcoming year, for record 3rd year in a row.   L&I rates news release L&I issued a news bulletin today confirming that employer rates for workers’ compensation benefits are going down on January 1, […]