My L&I Claim Has a Problem
Welcome to the club. L&I claims have problems. The problem is why you are here.
- Be clear about your claim problem(s)
- Read about the laws which control those problems
- Know your rights
- Make smart decisions and take action likely to solve the problem
- Read this page carefully and find links to the information that will help.
Hurt on the Job – What Do I Do?
- See a doctor
- File an L&I claim
- Secure time loss
- Continue your medical care and get well
- Return to work or get vocational training
- Settle your L&I claim
How To File an L&I Claim in Washington State if You are Hurt at Work
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
- See the wrong doctor and he or she will ruin your claim.
- 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. Pick the wrong doctor and you will be sorry.
- 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. Choice of Physician
L&I Benefit Information
Getting Healthy and Back to Work
L&I Benefit Summary
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.
Watch Out For This
L&I claims are complex. Read this for ideas on what to do and how to avoid a mistake.
What if I Need Legal Help?
How to Contact Us