Workers’ Compensation L&I Help In Washington State

Take Care of Yourself After an Injury. Don’t be Afraid of L&I .

Don’t let your L&I claim ruin your life. Serious injuries change lives – and seldom for the better. Learn how to overcome the financial strain, physical disability, and mental stress your injury has caused.  Understand L&I and you can get your claim to work for you.

Don’t be afraid of L&I. Learn enough about the L&I system you’re in so you have the confidence you need to safely navigate it. Don’t be afraid to do something. Action cures fear and puts self doubt to rest.

Don’t be afraid to disagree with an L&I decision. Claims managers get it wrong all the time. Your timely written protest or appeal will help them to get it right.

Don’t be afraid of claims managers. They are overworked and often quick to make a wrong decision or no decision at all. Help them make the right decision.

Don’t Be Stressed About the Legal System.

Learn what to do and you won’t be afraid. Understand when to protest, appeal or go to court. The judges at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals are knowledgeable and fair. It’s their job to interpret L&I law most favorably to the injured worker.

Don’t be afraid to talk with a workers’ compensation lawyer. Lawyers are helpful. Free consultations and contingent legal fees allow everyone to get help.

Don’t Worry About what Other People Think. File that L&I Claim.

Don’t be afraid of what your coworkers will say. Your injury is none of their business. Take care of your own life and family and all that is important to you.

Don’t be afraid to file a claim. It’s industrial insurance. You already paid for this insurance. Now that you need it, use it or lose it.

The pervasive stigma of claiming workers’ compensation benefits is alarming. Most people are more worried about what friends, coworkers, and neighbors will say than they are about saving their own skin. Don’t be one of those persons.

Get over it. Your case is genuine. Your injuries are real. Your dilemma cries out for help. Help yourself. File the claim. Fight the claim. Hold your head high and push forward. If you miss this chance you might die broken and broke. You don’t deserve that. Respect yourself and stick up for your rights. Get legal help if you need it.

If your work is discouraging you from filing a claim, see:  Suppression of L&I Workers’ Compensation Claims

Get Information that Will Help Your L&I Claim. Learn About L&I BENEFITS for Injured Workers 

Nobody taught you how to survive the effects of a serious job injury and effectively handle your L&I claim.  This website is your opportunity to get information so you will know what to do.

Don’t Let L&I or the Self Insurer Take Advantage of You

Watch Out For

  • Employers who are out to get rid of you. For many employers, a job injury is a reason to get rid of you. There are laws prohibiting this. Don’t let them do this to you, and don’t help them out by quitting or giving them “cause” to fire you. See also discrimination protection, and claim suppression.
  • IME’s These are L&I’s doctors they are not there to help you. See IME
  • Doctors your employer recommends or sends you to. Your employer did that for a reason. See: Medical Treatment
  • Doctors who don’t want to help with your case. The L&I system functions and makes decisions based on expert doctors opinions. If your doctor won’t help, then you don’t have an expert on your side. Be careful here, many good doctors “don’t like L&I” so they “won’t help with the paperwork.” If this describes your doctor then your claim could end badly unless you take action.  Convince your doctor to help or find a doctor who will. See Medical Treatment
  • Nurse case managers work for the people who hired them. Need I say more?  See Medical Treatment .
  • Vocational counselors. They have a lot of power over your future.  Vocational Training
  • Claims managers who don’t like you. They have a lot of power over your claim. If you get on the bad side of one, things won’t go well for you.
  • Missing a deadline. Do not miss an important deadline –How to Disagree with an L&I Decision

Tired of Fighting L&I? Legal Help for Your L&I Claim

How to Contact The Sharpe Law Firm:

Telephone – Call for information or a free strategy session – 206-343-1988

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