L&I Lawyer Chris Sharpe.
First Class Representation for Your Everett L&I Claim
L&I claims are complex and can be confusing. L&I rules are difficult to find and harder to understand. Claims managers seldom explain what they are doing. Your L&I claim is your responsibility. Learn about your claim. Get informed. Get your L&I claim on track before things go bad. Consult with us if you have questions.
Because L&I has a way of making things difficult and hard to understand, a high degree of savvy and expertise is required for success. We’ll share our savvy and expertise with you. We have what it takes to do the job right. Our callers and clients expect the best. We meet their expectations by providing excellent legal service for our Everett clients.
- We listen to your concerns and provide answers to your questions
- We keep you informed about your claim and tell you what is happening
- We handle your claim effectively
You Deserve a Smart Workers’ Compensation Claim Strategy
If your claim is stuck we are here to help move it in the right direction. We can assist you each step of the way ensuring that your workers’ compensation claim gets the attention and results it deserves. For example, you will benefit from getting all the proper medical care you are entitled to receive. You need to get enough paid time off of work to recover. You deserve a fair settlement. There are no shortcuts. We strive for a good result by aiding you throughout the process.
- We want to help with your speedy recovery by making sure you get good medical care and that L&I pays your doctors.
- Money is important when you are injured and out of work. We can help with time loss payment for the time your doctor says you cannot work. We can get your case settled for a fair amount.
- Vocational training, job accommodation, and a new career can turn a bad situation into a good result.
- Pensions are a real possibility if your injuries are serious enough that you will never work again.
Talk to us about these and other L&I Benefits
The Statute of Limitations
You have one year from the date of injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. Statute of Limitations Report the injury to your employer and file the claim, and get your benefits approved. The actual time that it will take for your case to resolve varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the nature and extent of the injury, the amount of medical care you need, whether the L&I denies your case and whether the case needs to go to trial. Some cases move quickly. Some cases require years of medical evaluations and treatments to accurately determine the consequences on the injured person’s ability to work. Your case is unique. Contact us for advice.
40+ Years Experience With On The Job Injuries
If you have been injured at work, it is important to explore every possible avenue for obtaining compensation. At the Sharpe Law Firm we believe that workers deserve the best possible representation, which is why our Everett area workers compensation firm works hard to maximize your claim and get you a good result.
The bottom line is this: Job injuries create complications that need expert help. Our Washington worker’s compensation law firm will provide help and direction. Claims managers know that injured workers are vulnerable financially and emotionally and will use a variety of tactics to settle your case as cheaply as possible. We understand their tactics and how to combat them. We know your rights. We are committed to helping you get the treatment you need now, next month, and if necessary, far into the future. We will fight tooth and nail to obtain the compensation and care you deserve for your injuries.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll talk about your case. You do not have to sign up just because we give you advice. If you do become a client you owe us nothing unless and until we obtain compensation on your behalf. We understand what you are going through during this difficult time and welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person or remotely.
Cost of Representation – Contingent Attorney Fees
Phone calls to us are free. If you want us to represent you our workers’ compensation lawyers will work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay until there is an award or settlement. Attorneys’ fees for workers’ compensation cases normally range from 15-30 percent of the benefits awarded. No recover for you means you pay no attorney fees. See Contingent Legal Fee Agreements
How Does L&I Work?
It has been said many times that L&I doesn’t work well. For many injured workers there will be delays and confusion. You may wonder what is going on.
L&I was designed to be a no fault system. However sometimes claims managers treat you like it’s your fault.
L&I is insurance that you paid for. When you get an injury, that is the time to use your L&I or lose it. If you are hurt on the job you can file a claim and get your benefits. Benefits include medical, time loss, vocational training, permanent partial disability settlements, and pensions.
L&I is big and busy. L&I will want to push you through their system unless you stand up for yourself and make them treat you right.
L&I Knows What They Are Doing. Don’t Let Them Do It to You and Ruin Your Claim
Workers compensation claims managers often deny claims outright or deny necessary medical treatment. Many of them also insist that the injured worker consults a doctor chosen by L&I, not by the worker – a doctor who is often paid by the insurance company. The attorneys who represent L&I often argue that the worker’s injuries are not so bad.
Another tactic employed by L&I and the self-insured companies and their lawyers is to offer the injured worker a quick and inadequate settlement and then close the claim. When a worker is injured and unable to earn a paycheck, taking a quick lump sum payment can seem attractive, even though the injured worker may very well regret taking the payment in the future as medical expenses pile up and wages are lost due to an inability to return to work.
Don’t settle cheap. Get advice and get a good result.
Managing the L&I Claim
From claim filing to final settlement there is an art and science to effective claims management. File your claim, see your doctor, get well, get back to work or get job training, and settle your claim for a good result. Stand up for your rights. Insist on the best for yourself. Contact us if we can help, we’re here for you.
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