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Starting an L&I Claim- A Detailed Guide if You Are Hurt at Work

How To File an L&I Claim in Washington State

Claim filing is simple. After you have had a job injury or occupational exposure, you see the doctor and in his office you and he together fill out the Report of Accident (ROA) form. The doctor should file this paperwork. The important part is to see a doctor who listens, cares about your situation, and wants to help with your L&I claim.

Be Careful About Some Doctor’s Offices

  • Under RCW 51.36.010 the worker is entitled to free choice of treating provider.  This is important! You do not have to use the doctor or work clinic your employer recommends.  The doctor who files your claim if he or she continues to treat you will be your attending physician. The attending physician has a lot of say about how much help you are going to get while you are injured. Pick your own doctor carefully.
  • Before you get started ask the doctor’s office if they take L&I claims and treat L&I patients. Some don’t. If they don’t, then find another doctor.
  • Double check on your way out that they have or will file a report of injury for you. Get the claim number.
  • Be extra careful if the doctor’s office wants your health insurance information.
    • For some doctor’s offices this is simply a back up and their having this information is okay.
    • Some doctor’s don’t like L&I claims and will try and bill your health insurance. Don’t let this happen. This is wrong could be a big problem for you if your L&I claim is not filed.

L&I Claim Basics

Timely filing of your claim is very important. Not all L&I claims are the same. The information below will help.

Types Of L&I Claims

L&I claims come in two varieties, injuries and occupational diseases. It helps to know which you have.

Watch Out For

Mistakes with your L&I claim can be fatal. Read this for ideas on how to avoid a mistake.

What’s Next?