Getting injured on the job, and having it disrupt your work and your livelihood, is probably not something you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and preparing for.
It’s not as though most people have extensive training in how to use the workers’ compensation benefits system run by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in Washington State.
But when you need to know about which making an L&I claim —you really need to know about it.
It can make the difference between suffering a long-term financial setback from your workplace injury and successfully moving beyond your injury to the next chapter of life.
As Washington workers’ compensation attorneys, our team at Bothwell & Hamill aims to be a helpful resource, providing important information for workers in Washington on what to do when you’re hurt at work.
We help people with workers’ comp claims in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.
On this page we’ve gathered key information on L&I claims, covering the beginning, middle and end of the process.
Scroll down for 10 links to help you understand workers’ comp in Washington.
If you need to talk to someone about the specifics of your injury on the job, get in touch with us.
See the basic eligibility rules for workers’ comp benefits in Washington.
Find out how different injuries apply to workers’ comp claims.
Learn what to do first after an injury on the job.
Get the steps for fighting a denial of workers’ comp benefits.
If you’ve already been receiving benefits, see what you can do if they want to stop your benefits.
You should be able to see a doctor of your choosing to get treatment for your job injury.
Workers’ comp in Washington includes pay for lost time at work.
If your injury leaves you unable to make as much money, you can get compensation for that.
See how to deal with vocational counselors who are supposed to help you return to work, but only when you’re ready.
A special type of benefits covers you for permanent and total disability due to a work injury.
One of the best ways to get started maximizing your benefits under workers’ comp is to explain your situation to an experienced workers’ comp lawyer.
It costs you nothing to have that initial conversation.
Workers’ comp insurance companies, claims adjusters and employers know that most people don’t understand how the system works and what you’re supposed to get if you’re hurt at work.
They may make you feel like you have to go to a doctor chosen by your company who says you don’t need much in benefits.
They may not explain all the forms of coverage, payment and reimbursement available to you.
They may process your claim too slowly.
Giving you the maximum benefits, after all, is expensive for them.
But not getting everything you deserve—that’s even more costly for you.
The Bothwell & Hamill workers’ comp attorneys stand up for your rights, so no accident at work can keep you down.
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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.”