This website is guide to L&I Benefits in the Washington State Workers’ Compensation system. Nobody teaches classes on how to survive the effects of a serious job injury in a complex workers compensation system. Now you have to learn these things. This website will help.
We have decades of experience helping injured workers in Washington State. We are here to share our knowledge with you.
You may choose your own doctor from the medical provider network and have the medical bills related to your job injury or occupational disease paid for, so long as the treatment you receive is found to be necessary and proper. See Medical Care for more information
Off work with no money coming in? You may receive L&I time loss money every two weeks while you are certified as unable to work. This is a partial wage replacement. Learn how to start and keep L&I time loss. See How Do I Get a Fair Time Loss Rate .
Injured workers have a right to receive a permanent partial disability (PPD) settlement from L&I. The settlement money is for impairment existing at claim closure. Information about workers compensation money and settlement amounts can be found here: How to Get a Fair Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Settlement.
Limited vocational assistance may be available if your injury continues to totally restrict your ability to work. Job training is a discretionary Washington workers compensation benefit. See L&I Vocational Training.
If you can prove that your injury is so serious that you cannot return to any gainful employment, you may be eligible to receive pension payments for life. It doesn’t matter that your employer does not have a pension plan. This is an L&I injury pension and you may qualify. See L&I Pension for detailed information.
Were you to die from a job-related injury or occupational disease, your surviving spouse and dependent children have a right to receive a monthly pension. See L&I Pension.
If pre-authorized, reimbursement for travel mileage, parking, tolls, food, lodging and lost wages will be paid in connection with medical treatment. Travel Reimbursement Form
While your claim is open, if you perform part-time or light-duty work for less pay than you made at the job you were injured on, it may be to your advantage to collect LEP benefits. These are money benefits that, in part, make up the difference between the pay rates of your current and previous jobs. More Information on LEP.
Opening an L&I claim starts with a visit to your doctor. The very first time you see a doctor is the time to file your claim. Review our Detailed Guide to Starting an L&I Claim
After your claim is closed by final order, if your medical condition worsens and requires additional medical attention, you may apply to Reopen Your Claim.
You have a right to file an L&I claim if you have suffered a job injury or occupational disease. Some employers will violate your rights and try to keep you from filing a claim. Read about claim suppression and what you can do about it. Claim Suppression of L&I Workers Compensation Claims
You can move out of state even if you have an open Washington State L&I Claim. Read about it here. Moving out of State with an L&I Washington State Claim