My L&I Claim Has a Problem
Welcome to the club. Many L&I claims have problems. To solve L&I problems be smart about the decisions you make.
- Be clear about your claim problem(s)
- Read about the laws and regulations that control those problems
- Learn about your rights
- Make smart decisions and take action likely to solve the problem
- Look over this page carefully and find links to the information that will help your L&I claim.
Hurt on the Job – What Do I Do?
- See a doctor
- File an L&I claim with in the Statute of Limitations
- Take care of claim problems as they arise. Get help if you need it
- 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
- See a doctor and in his office you and he together fill out the Report of Accident (ROA) form. The doctor should have the forms and file this paperwork. The important part is to see a doctor who listens, cares, and wants to help you with your L&I claim.
- Online via L&I’s FileFast tool.
- By phone: 877-561-3453 (FILE).
- If your employer is self insured you will need a form from human resources or the doctor can file the form here Provider’s Initial Report (PIR) (F207-028-000).
Is there a Time Deadline to File a Claim?
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The Statute of Limitations (SOL) is a time deadline by which you must file a report of injury to start your L&I claim. This is a very important deadline.
For an injury, the SOL is one year. You must file your claim within one year or you will lose your right to do so. RCW 51.28.050
For an occupational disease the SOL is two years, possibly longer. File your claim within two years, and you are timely. If you wait longer you may still have time. See Statute of Limitations (L&I)
You Have a Choice of Doctors
- 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.
- Understand this: 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: The right doctor will have L&I forms in his office.
Be Careful About Some Doctor’s Offices
- See the wrong doctor and he or she will ruin your claim.
How Do I Win My L&I Case?
- Pay attention to L&I orders and other claim information. Take appropriate action. Protest or appeal incorrect decisions.
- Get professional advice from an L&I lawyer. We offer a free consultation. We’ll tell you what you can do, and give you ideas about how to do it.
Getting Healthy and Back to Work
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:
Telephone – Call for information or a free strategy session – 206-343-1988
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