Injured worker tips

How to change a medical doctor in the middle of a workers compensation or L&I claim in Washington State

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Changing your doctor during L&I workers compensation claim

Injured workers in Washington State must designate one attending medical provider on their claim. As I’ve explained previously, the attending provider plays a very important role in workers’ compensation claims. Therefore, I always encourage injured workers to select their attending provider (AP) carefully.   Changing your attending physician in the middle of a claim For […]

Injured worker tips

L&I provides free workshops to help medical providers in Washington State

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L-and-I training for medical providers

Our office works closely with medical providers to ensure that L&I and Third Party Administrators receive the information needed to effectively administer claims. Sometimes providing effective assistance to medical offices requires a bit of balancing on our part. This is because we don’t want to interfere with medical treatment or with the patient-physician relationship. At […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

L&I sends $503,200 fine to Dollar Tree in Washington State for workplace safety violations

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L&I fines employer for work place safety violation

When we think of jobsites that pose high risk for industrial injuries, we think of jobsites that involve heavy equipment, complex machinery and power tools. Other examples of high risk environments include hazards such as heights or high voltage. However, a news bulletin from the Department of Labor and Industries earlier this week serves as […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Washington State Supreme Court asked to weigh in on doctrine for Workers’ Compensation cases

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Washington State L-and-I Workers Compensation Cases

Today the Washington State Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that very likely will have dramatic implications for the future of workers’ compensation law in the State of Washington. After reviewing pleadings in this case, I believe the Court’s decision will address significant legal concepts, which function as pillars of the administration of workers’ […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

L&I claim medical treatment guidelines

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L&I claim lower back pain

Medical treatment guidelines for L&I claims L&I has published medical treatment guidelines which are used administratively to determine medical treatment authorization for certain conditions. The conditions for which medical treatment guidelines have been published include: Acute Cauda Equina Syndrome, Ankle and Foot Surgery, Beryllium Sensitization and Chronic Beryllium Disease, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cervical Radiculopathy and […]