Even if you’re in the majority with coverage — giving you crucial medical care and lost wages after you’re hurt on the job — sometimes the complicated workers’ comp system works against you.

That’s when a Bothwell & Hamill attorney can help you through the process.

We help people in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.

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Does Workers’ Comp Cover My Job?

If you work in Washington State and get hurt at work, you might wonder whether your job is covered by workers’ comp.

Chances are, it is.

Most employers in Washington are required to have industrial insurance coverage — also called workers’ comp. About two-thirds get coverage through the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The other one-third are self-insured.

You could do just about anything — machinist, welder, carpenter, health care worker, office worker — and get benefits.

For a few kinds of workers, such as one-person businesses or domestic workers in homes with less than two employees, coverage is optional.

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And to make sure you get the maximum benefits available to you, call an experienced lawyer. Your lawyer can fight a denial and sometimes secure your benefits for a longer period.

At Bothwell & Hamill, we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case so we can help determine what’s best for you.

How Do I Start My Claim?

As soon as you were injured at work — or you realize conditions at work are making you sick — take these steps to start your claim:

  1. Report the situation to your employer, get the report in writing and make copies.
  2. Get medical help.

Your doctor can file the report that opens your claim. Or you can get the form from L&I.

If your employer is self-insured, you’ll need to give your employer a copy of the accident or occupational disease report in order to start your claim. Once it’s filed, get a copy of the report and hold on to it.

And to make sure you get the maximum benefits available to you, call an experienced lawyer. Your lawyer can fight a denial and sometimes secure your benefits for a longer period.

At Bothwell & Hamill, we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case so we can help determine what’s best for you.

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What Does Workers’ Comp Give Me?

Getting hurt at work is a serious disruption to your life. If it means you can’t return to work, you’ll also struggle to pay your bills.

Workers’ comp benefits exist to get you through financially — so you can focus on moving past your injury and on to better times.

You could receive these benefits:

  • Your medical costs covered
  • Payments for some of your lost wages
  • Job counseling to help you return to work
  • Compensation for lower wages resulting from your injury

If you’re denied benefits, approved for less than you deserve or terminated after already receiving benefits, working with a lawyer can help you get your claim — and your life — back on track.

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You might have a lot of questions. Bothwell & Hamill has answers.

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