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 this years 2020 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Checks will start arriving in July, with all increases being included in the benefit checks by the end of August in most cases.
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 increase also applies to pension benefits paid to family members of those who died because of a work-related accident or disease.
The increase becomes effective July 1, 2020 for most. There are some exceptions:
- Certain workers who also receive federal Social Security benefits may not be entitled to this annual COLA.
- Most workers with an injury date between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, will not receive their first COLA until the second July 1 following their injury, July 1, 2021.
For claim benefit questions contact us at 206-343-1988.