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L&I 2019 COLA Announced

For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2018, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by 5.5 percent based on the change in the state’s average wage. State law requires that benefits be recalculated each year to reflect the change in the state’s average wage from the previous calendar year. The COLA for 2019 […]

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L&I 2020 Cost of Living Increase will be Announced in July

For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2019, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase on July 1st based on the change in the state’s average wage.  Last year injured workers saw an over 5% increase to their workers compensation benefits. With Washington’s continued job stability we are anxiously awaiting L&I’s announcement for […]

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Construction Site Accidents: Information for Injured Employees

Personal Injury Claims in the Workplace:  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million employees work at 252,000 construction sites across the nation on a daily basis. Construction work is naturally very hazardous and can result in devastating injuries if workers are not protected. Due to the high-risk nature of construction […]

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COVID -19 and the Recent L&I Rule

The New Rule About Coronavirus In March of 2020, the director of L&I indicated there would be additional coverage for first responders who get COVID – 19 . The additional coronavirus coverage is for quarantined health care workers and first responder’s only.  And then only while they are in quarantine by a public health official […]

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Trench and Retaining Wall Collapse Accidents in Washington

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a trench digging and collapsing retaining wall accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from the company responsible for the collapse. That is especially true if a third party failed to abide by applicable laws and regulations, resulting in injuries or death […]

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Does Washington State L&I Reimburse for Medical Marijuana Prescriptions?

No they don’t. Washington State’s current policy is to refuse to pay or reimburse for medical marijuana. L&I considers payment for drugs only if the FDA allows it for the condition prescribed (they don’t), or if prescribed for off label use for a drug supported by published scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. Could Washington […]

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L&I 2019 Cost of Living Increase to be Announced Soon

Every July the Department of Labor and Industries announces the cost of living increase for injured workers receiving wage replacement benefits.  Injured workers with injuries resulting in Permanent Total Disability will also receive the cost of living increase in their lifetime pension benefit paid by the Department of Labor and Industries. For workers with dates […]

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Inspector General Critical of DOE and Penser for their Hanford L&I Claim Handling Procedures

The inspector general is the oversight office with the responsibility to prevent inefficient or illegal operation within the Department of Energy. The IG’s opinion matters. The Inspector General has written a report about how Hanford L&I claims have been handled. The report was released August 2018. The report findings are: The department of Energy does […]

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PTSD For First Responders To Be Allowed As An L&I Occupational Disease

Now first responders can file a successful PTSD claim for the effects of cumulative trauma. The old law did not allow PTSD claims which are based on psychological traumas which occur over time and combine to cause severe mental problems. This old law is still in effect, for all occupations in Washington State, except first […]

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AMA Guides Found Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on June 20 2017 found the AMA guides unconstitutional for PPD rating in workers compensation cases.  Pennsylvania law provided that the degree of impairment shall be based on an evaluation by a physician…pursuant to the most recent edition of the AMA guides.  This delegation to the AMA to determine impairment, allowed […]

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