L&I Law is Specialized
L&I attorneys have learned this specialized law so they can advance the interests of injured workers at Labor and Industries, in the Court System, and before the legislature. A good L&I attorney will make a difference.
Do I Have to Pay an Attorney?
Many L&I cases can be handled on a DIY basis. No attorney fees. We offer a free strategy session. No attorney fees & no pressure. If you later hire an attorney, the you pay him. The contingency fee agreements make it easy.
Do I Want an Attorney?
Like a lot of things – it depends. It depends on the facts of your case.
For example, you don’t need a guide to take a walk in the park.
You do need a guide to cross the Sahara Desert.
Does your claim resemble either? The following important questions will help you figure that out.
Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Your L&I Case.
- How much is at stake?
- Can I afford to lose?
- How much experience do I have with L&I claims and in the courtroom?
- Is my claim complicated?
- Is my claims manager always helpful?
- Is my medical condition straight forward or complicated?
- Is my doctor on the right track?
- Is there an IME complicating my L&I claim?
- Will my doctor be there for me and stand up to L&I when I need them to?
- Am I getting all the benefits I am entitled to?
- What needs to be done?
- Can I do it?
- Have I got on the phone and gotten a free consultation from an L&I attorney about my case and what can be done to improve it?
The good things about L&I Attorneys:
- Most of them know exactly what they are doing
- An experienced L&I attorney knows exactly what to do
- They know which medical professionals to send you to for good treatment and fair medical opinions
- They charge contingent legal fees, so you only pay fees if you win
- They make a positive difference
- A good L&I attorney will give you a free consultation, with advice and their suggested direction.
The bad thing about Attorneys
13 Reasons You Might Want to Hire an L&I Attorney
- A career threatening injury is so difficult that it causes mental health concerns, creates inaction, and worries the injured worker and their spouse.
- Unfair treatment by the nurse case manager and/or a claims manager
- There is no way to get important information such as the copy of their file, the IME report, the PPD rules, or good advice about a pension.
- An unfavorable ORDER arrives from L&I and something needs to be done.
- The return to work isn’t going well.
- The injured worker walks out of an IME and knows something isn’t right. The physician who is deciding his fate is hostile, abrupt, or rude. The physician doesn’t listen and writes an unfair report. The injured worker can’t get a copy of the IME report.
- There is a third party claim.
- The injured worker is seriously disabled.
- The medical care is inadequate; or the physician has given up because L&I claims are too much paperwork.
- The injured worker deserves a pension, but doesn’t know what to do.
- Time loss benefits are cut off.
- The injured worker deserves a PPD settlement, but doesn’t know the rules and doesn’t trust L&I or the Self-Insured company to be fair.
- The unfortunate effects of the injury and the harsh realities of the L&I system, have worn the injured worker down. Too tired to fight anymore they get an attorney to help.
Christopher Sharpe Attorney
Christopher Sharpe is a Seattle workers’ compensation attorney who has helped thousands of injured workers get their benefits and successfully conclude their L&I case. Chris Sharpe and his law firm want to talk to you about your L&I claim. We will provide you with a free strategy session. If you don’t need an attorney, we will tell you so. If an Attorney could improve your case we’ll tell you that too.
We are standing by, ready to assist. Contact Us.
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