L&I Claims in Washington State: Injured Workers are No Longer a Priority

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L&I claim on the new L&I website

Has L&I lost its way? As an agency, I think that L&I might have forgotten its purpose.   What is L&I and what are its duties? The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is the agency responsible for administering the Industrial Insurance Act in Washington State. This Act, also known as RCW 51, was created […]

Claim Suppression: Employers Preventing Work Injury Claimants From Filing an L&I Claim

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L&I workers compensation claim suppression

When an employer prevents or tries to prevent an injured worker from filing a claim, it is called L&I claim suppression or workers’ compensation claim suppression. It occurs more often that you might expect. Despite the prevalence, I don’t think accusations of L&I claim suppression are taken as seriously as they should be.   Rules […]

Medical Records in Your L&I Claim Must Be Clean and Precise

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LnI claim medical records and attending physician

This week has been very busy. Among many other things, I deposed several attending providers and attended litigation matters at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). Every time I depose a medical provider, it reminds me of the supreme importance of the attending provider in L&I workers’ compensation claims.   The opinion of the […]

Vocational Services in L&I Claims: Upcoming Rule Changes

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L-and-I claim vocational services rule change

On October 22, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) adopted rule changes relating to vocational services. The new rules will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The new rule language can be found on the L&I website.   Priority of returning injured workers to work Many of the changes are not substantial. However, […]

L&I Investigation Results for the Seattle Crane Collapse Construction Accident

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L-and-I workers compensation claim for construction accident

For the past six months, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) investigated the fatal crane collapse that happened in Seattle last April. Today, L&I announced it issued citations and fines to three companies for safety violations that relate to the fatal collapse and loss of life.   The L&I investigation L&I found that nearly […]

Reck Law – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys – Law Firm Anniversary

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Workers' compensation law firm anniversary

October 1, 2019 marked my one-year anniversary at Reck Law, PLLC – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. As I reflect on the year, I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made. We’ve forged new relationships with existing Casey & Casey, P.S. clients after taking over their workers’ comp law firm. We also continued taking responsibility for the great […]

What Happens to My Healthcare Info When I Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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L-and-I claim medical records and HIPPA

It’s pretty common for people with workplace injury and an ongoing workers’ compensation claim to ask me about privacy rights. Especially when it comes to health information. Privacy of sensitive healthcare data such as medical history and treatment is important.   How does L&I or self-insured employers get my health records? I usually tell people […]

L&I Ergonomics Ideas Bank

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L-and-I claim ergonomics idea bank

Did you know that L&I has an “Ergonomics Ideas Bank”? Neither did I until today! L&I issued a bulletin that the bank will be down in November as L&I makes improvements to the bank.   What is the L&I ergonomics ideas bank? Naturally, I had to see what this bank was all about. The bank […]

L&I Retraining Programs for Work Injury Claimants

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L-and-I retraining programs for injured workers

When people have L&I claims and cannot return to work without retraining, they will likely go through a retraining program. There are a variety of different options for retraining. These options include college programs, vocational or technical schools, online programs and even on the job training.   On-the-job retraining programs Many of the people I […]