Yakima couple reads over LEP benefits qualifications

It’s hard to make ends meet if you’re no longer bringing home the same paycheck. Don’t let your workplace injury keep hurting you financially even after you’re back at work.

An experienced lawyer can get the maximum compensation available to you.

Bothwell & Hamill helps hardworking people in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and across Central Washington get workers’ comp benefits, including for loss of earning power.

When Your Job Injury Hurts Your Future Wages, Get Compensated

Getting injured or sick because of your job — and being unable to work as a result — was more than enough stress. Then, when you’re finally able to work again, what happens if you can’t make as much money as you did before?

You can receive compensation for your loss of earning power (LEP) under Washington State’s workers’ compensation laws.


Your earnings can go down after you return from a workplace injury for a few reasons:

  • Your doctor only clears you to work if it’s for fewer hours than before.
  • Your doctor only clears you for “light duty” work.
  • Your employer places you in a lower-paying position.
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Do I Qualify for LEP Benefits?

According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), you may be eligible for loss of earning power benefits if:

  • Your earnings loss exceeds 5% of the wages you earned before you were injured.
  • Your doctor certifies that your loss of earning power is due to your work-related illness or injury.
  • And you actually return to work at the lower wage or amount of hours.

Additionally, you may be eligible for LEP benefits if you had two or more jobs at the time of your injury but your doctor says you now can only hold one of those jobs.

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

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NOTE: This calculator is only valid for injuries occurring after July 1, 1996.

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Yakima couple calculates loss of earning power benefits

Curious How We Got This Number?

This number is based on the Max Time Loss Rates chart and the Loss of Earning Power Guidelines from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

You already know it can be difficult to file for L&I benefits when you’re first injured or become ill because of your job.

It can also be complicated to prove you qualify for LEP benefits.

If you were hurt on the job and now make less money because of it, we highly recommend working with an attorney from Bothwell & Hamill.

See Our Eligibility Guide

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Tim Hamill has gone above and beyond to make sure L&I does not close my claim.”


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