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L&I workplace injury claim arising 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 […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Workers’ Compensation Claims

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L&I workers comp claim carpal tunnel syndrome

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 […]

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Washington State work safety and workplace health conference

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Washington state Tacoma work injury conference

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 […]

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L&I empowers self-insurers to close more workers compensation claims in Washington State

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L-and-I workers compensation claim closure

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 […]

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How to change a medical doctor in the middle of a workers compensation or L&I claim in Washington State

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Changing your doctor during L&I workers compensation claim

Injured workers in Washington State must designate one attending medical provider on their claim. As I’ve explained previously, the attending provider plays a very important role in workers’ compensation claims. Therefore, I always encourage injured workers to select their attending provider (AP) carefully.   Changing your attending physician in the middle of a claim For […]