What Drugs and Medication are Covered Under My L&I Claim?

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Have you heard of a drug formulary? How would you know what medication is covered under your L&I claim? Generally, a drug formulary is a list of prescription medications approved under a given health insurance policy. For L&I claims and workers’ compensation claims in Washington State, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has its […]

Calculating Wages in Workers’ Compensation Benefits and L&I Claims

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The value of time-loss compensation benefits is based upon wages a person was getting at the time of work injury or occupational disease manifestation. If the person was working a second job, the value of that income must also be included in the wage computation. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) computes monthly wages […]

Wildfire Hazard and Injury in Workers Compensation and L&I Claims

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Workers compensation L-and-I claim from fire and smoke

Today, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued a news bulletin about hazards of wild fire smoke for workers. The stated purpose of the bulletin is to help employers keep workers safe. I think it is equally important for workers to know the hazards, so they can help keep themselves safe from a work […]

L&I Workplace Injury Claim From Sun and Heat Exposure

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L-and-I work injury claim from sun and heat

In recent news, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) reminded workers and employers of the dangers associated with sun and heat exposure. In the greater Tacoma and Seattle area, we are currently experiencing sunny days with highs reaching into the upper 80’s. Consequently, the Department is being proactive, trying to avoid L&I work injury claims […]

The Work Injury and L&I Claim System in Washington State

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In Washington State, the work injury claim system is designed to reduce litigation and allow claims to move forward. If you are injured at work, you are supposed to receive sure and certain relief for your injuries. You cannot be accused of negligently causing your own injuries or diseases. Moreover, you cannot sue your employer. […]

L&I Discontinuing Authorization for Some Work Injury Treatments

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L-and-I medical authorization for work injury

Last week, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced two new coverage decisions. These changes will go into effect September 1, 2019. According to L&I, two medical treatments will no longer be covered under Washington State workers’ compensation claims. The treatments are peripheral nerve ablation for limb pain, and SI joint fusion for chronic […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition. It occurs when the nerves that run into the hand are impinged or squeezed when they travel through the wrist. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and arms. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become a controversial diagnosis in workers’ comp claims and L&I claims. The controversy […]

Washington State Work Safety and Workplace Health Conference

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The Washington State Governor‘s annual Industrial Safety and Health Conference will take place between the 24th and 26th of September 2019. This year the conference is being held at the Tacoma Convention Center. The goal is to provide attendees with strategies and information to improve workplace health and safety. In part, this is achieved through […]

L&I Empowers Self-Insurers to Close More Workers Compensation Claims in Washington State

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Last week L&I published self-insured rule changes that will take effect July 1, 2019 and will affect injured workers and workers’ compensation claims in Washington State. One of the most important changes relates to closing self-insured workers compensation claims. According to L&I, self-insurers are “empowered to close claims” consistent with RCW 51.32.055 and under WAC […]