Labor and Industries (L&I)

State-funded vs self-insured workers’ compensation claims

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Workers compensation L&I claim

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) […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

The healthcare industry has the highest rate of work related injuries and illnesses

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Workers Compensation Kitsap County Healthcare Injury

Introduction According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. Women represent nearly 80% of that workforce. Working in healthcare means being involved in providing direct or indirect health services to individuals. In Kitsap County, the healthcare industry is the largest source of […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Work injuries in the logging industry in Western Washington

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Workers Compensation logging Injury

Logging has been an important industry for Washington State. It still drives the local economy in some counties. Where there is logging there is injury at work.   According to the Washington State Timber Harvest Reports, Lewis County and Grays Harbor County have the highest logging activity. There is also significant logging activity in Clallam County, Cowlitz […]

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One treatment does not fit all: Chronic pain and opioids

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Injured Workers Chronic Pain

If you follow workers’ compensation articles, then you know I often talk about opioids and opioid addiction among injured workers. I recently came across this article from July 2018. I wanted to share this article because it highlights key topics that are often overlooked. Specifically, it talks about the “opioid crisis” as it relates to individuals […]