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L&I Time-Loss Benefits in Yakima

If you’re missing work because of an injury on your job-—or conditions at work made you ill over time—you’re dealing with a host of problems all at once:

  • Paychecks stop.
  • Bills grow.
  • Pain and other symptoms slow you down.
  • Mental anguish, including anger, anxiety and depression, make you feel hopeless.

Workers’ compensation benefits go a long way toward helping you reach a better time in your life.

Benefits include payments for a portion of the paychecks you’re missing. But how much do you get? And when do you get it?

The experienced workers’ comp lawyers at Bothwell & Hamill can help you negotiate Washington’s workers’ comp system.

We help hardworking people in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington get the benefits they’re owed.

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L&I Time-Loss Benefits: How It Works

Most employers in Washington have workers’ comp coverage through the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Some employers choose to self-insure for workers’ comp.

If your doctor has certified that you’re unable to work because of your workplace illness or injury—and your claims manager has received that verification—workers’ comp benefits may start paying for a percentage of the pay you’re losing.

In Washington, this is called “time loss” compensation, although you may have heard it referred to as “lost wages,” a term used in some other areas of the country.

The first three consecutive days of work you miss immediately following your injury or the onset of your illness are considered a waiting period. After that, your benefits start.

This is how these benefits work:

  • You’ll receive between 60% and 75% of what you were earning on the job.
  • The exact amount depends on your marital status and number of children.
  • Your time-loss checks also are limited to a maximum amount that changes over time, based on Washington State’s average wage.
  • You’ll receive your first check within 14 days of L&I or your employer getting notice from your doctor that you can’t work.
  • The checks come twice a month.
  • Your checks continue as long as your doctor says you can’t work.

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

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You can count on certain facts:

  • Your employer and their insurance company are looking out for themselves, not you. Their goal is to save money.
  • Your employer and their insurance company will have legal representation.
  • You’re in an unfamiliar situation, but they deal with this all the time.

You need someone on your side who has the knowledge and experience to navigate L&I workers’ comp, which has its own separate legal system.

You need an experienced lawyer (not just an “advocate” or a paralegal) to make sure you receive all the time-loss compensation available to you.

An experienced lawyer does all of this for you:

  • Communicates with the workers’ comp insurer.
  • Makes sure you don’t miss any deadlines or important steps.
  • Makes sure you properly fill out all the right forms.
  • Gathers medical evidence to support your claim.
  • Negotiates a good settlement.
  • Represents you at an L&I hearing.
  • Makes sure the payments you receive are timely and in the right amounts.

Even if you think you have a “slam-dunk” case and that nothing could possibly prevent L&I or a workers’ comp judge from approving your claim, a lot can go wrong.

Don’t take that chance with your health and well-being—or your income.

When your future is at stake, contact Bothwell & Hamill.

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