Labor and Industries (L&I)

Vocational services in Workers’ Compensation L&I claims – The “Plan Development” Phase

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Introduction and context Today’s post in the series about vocational benefits in workers’ compensation claims and L&I claims is about “Plan Development”. Plan Development is a big, and somewhat complex topic. Today’s post will be one of several on this topic. During Plan Development the assigned vocational counselor attempts to identify a retraining goal and […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Vocational services in workers’ compensation and L&I claims – the Ability to Work Assessment (AWA)

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In continuing with my recent series of posts about vocational services, today I’d like to discuss “Ability-to-Work Assessment” (AWA) services. The AWA is designed to provide the Department of Labor and Industries with vocational information so that it can make a claim related determination about an injured worker’s ability to work or eligibility for further […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Vocational services and retraining in L&I workers’ compensation claims in Washington State

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Introduction If you’re in the process of working on your workers’ compensation claim or L&I claim, you might be eligible for vocational services. Vocational services are a somewhat complex benefit under the Industrial Insurance Act, because while other benefits are provided as a matter of right under the Act, vocational benefits are discretionary. This means […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Workers’ compensation claims in Washington: Industrial injury claim vs occupational disease claim

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Many people don’t realize that there are two kinds of workers’ compensation claims in Washington State, industrial injury claims and occupational disease claim. Today I participated in a deposition involving the issue of whether a claim should be allowed as an occupational disease. This case, like many occupational diseases claims I see, is plagued by […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Reopening a workers’ compensation work injury claim and the L&I claim reopening process

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Did you know that workers’ compensation claims in Washington State can be reopened after they close? If any medical condition related to the original injury or occupational disease objectively worsens (for physical conditions) after L&I claim closure, an injured worker may file an application to reopen their claim. We typically refer to this objective worsening […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

State-funded vs self-insured workers’ compensation claims

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In Washington State Workers’ compensation claims, it is important whether a claim is state-funded versus self-insured. Workers’ compensation cases are governed by the Industrial Insurance Act, which was created to provide benefits to workers and their dependents for disabilities or deaths caused by industrial injuries or occupational diseases. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) […]