You got a notice that your workers’ comp benefits will be terminated. But you know you’re not feeling well enough to return to work.
It was complicated enough winning benefits in the first place. Now do you have to accept that your benefits are stopping?
No. You can appeal the decision.
You might get a termination because a doctor chosen by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) declared you healthy enough to work again.
Or an L&I vocational counselor thinks you could return to a different, lighter job.
To protest their decisions, you’ll need the right medical evidence and the right arguments.
Attorney Tim Hamill of Bothwell & Hamill used to represent L&I in workers’ comp cases. He knows what it takes to appeal an unfavorable decision.
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To fight a workers’ comp rejection, you’ll need to take your appeal to the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
At this stage, we strongly recommend that you work with an experienced lawyer. You’ll need to collect information and evidence about your injury, medical history and work history.
At Bothwell & Hamill, we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case so we can help determine the best approach for you.
You can face a lot of obstacles getting the maximum workers’ comp benefits available to you.
It’s easy to feel like an underdog fighting an overwhelming system.
A lawyer who works with this system all the time can take much of the stress — and work — out of appealing a decision, so you can focus on recovery.
You worked hard. You were proud of your work. When a workplace illness or injury pushed you off the job, workers’ comp benefits gave you a lifeline — physically and financially.
Don’t let anyone push you off benefits before you’ve fully healed.
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Every time L&I would send me to an independent medical exam with one of their doctors (you know, the ones that always say nothing is wrong), Timothy would make sure that L&I would fail in their attempt to close my case.”