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L&I Loss of Earning Power Benefits

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L&I claim LEP form

It is important to know the benefits available under the Industrial Insurance Act. Often, many injured workers are surprised to learn about Loss of Earning Power Benefits (LEP) from L&I. The LEP is a wage replacement benefit. LEP is available for injured workers who return to work following injuries or occupational diseases, but at diminished […]

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L&I time-loss compensation

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Workers compensation timeloss compensation

Look up “wage replacement” on the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) website. You will learn that you can be paid a portion of your lost wages as “time-loss compensation” benefits after an initial 3 day waiting period following an industrial injury. This benefit is only a percentage of what you were making at the […]

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Workers compensation claims and paperwork

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One of the difficulties in workers’ compensation claims is the paperwork requirements. Everyone involved in  workers’ compensation claims have significant paperwork demands. Attending physicians, treating providers, counselors, therapists, employers and injured workers. Sometimes paperwork is confusing. Sometimes it feels unnecessary. And sometimes it is incredibly burdensome. As a result paperwork frequently isn’t done right. It […]

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WLIG annual convention

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workers compensation speaking engagement

It was my pleasure speaking at the WILG Annual Convention today. My talk was focused on ethical considerations when representing injured workers who are or may be addicted to opioid pain medication.   A big thank you to the conference attendees who openly participated. Many folks in the audience helped foster a productive conversation about […]

Labor and Industries (L&I)

Workers compensation claims and attending physicians

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Workers comp claim and attending physician

Did you know that many injured workers have difficulties obtaining an “attending physician” for their claims?   The role of attending physician (AP) is incredibly important. The AP certifies entitlement to benefits and makes treatment recommendations. APs also make appropriate referrals and their opinion is given special consideration.   While injured workers may choose their […]