Labor and Industries (L&I)

Moving out of state during an open L&I or private insurance workers compensation claim

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Leaving Washington State During Open L&I workers compensation claim

Sometimes injured workers need to move during the pendency of their L&I or private insurance workers’ compensation claim. It so happens that sometimes they believe they are not “allowed” to move because they have an open claim. This simply isn’t true. Injured workers have the right to move for any reason during their claim process. […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

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

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Workers Compensation L&I claim - plan development in vocational services

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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Workers compensation L&I claim ability to work assessment

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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Workers compensation L&I claim vocational services and retraining

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 […]