There are two types of work related claims. First is an industrial injury, which is a sudden traumatic event that happens in the course of employment. Second is an injury called an occupational disease, which is a disease acquired due to an on-the-job exposure, including repetitive trauma. Furthermore, if a worker dies as a result of his or her industrial injury, spouses and/or dependent children are entitled to death benefits and may be entitled to benefits even if the worker died from an unrelated cause.
Workers’ compensation is a mechanism for providing wage replacement (time-loss compensation), medical care, vocational services (please see the section on vocational services), and other services to victims of workplace related injuries and occupational diseases. The insurance premiums that fund these benefits are paid by both the employer and workers like you.
If you are injured on the job in Washington State, you are insured either by the Department of Labor an Industries’ (L&I) Washington State Fund, or a self-insured employer if you work for one of the several hundred employers who have opted to be self-insured. Workers’ Compensation cases in the State of Washington are primarily state fund claims operated and administered by the Department of Labor and Industries with approximately 15-25% of the claims being self-insured, such as large corporations.
Injury claims must be filed within one year and occupational disease must be filed within two years of receiving written notice from a health care provider that the condition exists and is work related. Failure to file a claim within these time periods may forever preclude you from securing benefits for your injury. If you are injured you can call us at 253-472-8566 to be fully informed of your rights.
The legal term “personal injury” covers many different types of civil actions, but generally means an action for an injury, whether physical and/or psychological, to oneself as opposed to one’s property. A personal injury claim can arise out of an intentional act, but more commonly we represent those who were harmed by the negligent acts of others.
Most personal injury cases involve accidents. Accidents involve a liability standard that is based upon negligence (i.e. conduct that falls below the standard of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm). A person acts negligently if the person does not exercise reasonable care under all the circumstances. When you are involved in an accident, you deserve the best representation to make sure you receive your entitled compensation to help you restore you to your pre-injury condition.
While the last thing on a person’s mind when he gets injured is protecting his rights, please be aware that the personal injury actions have a statute of limitations (time limit in which a civil action may be filed before that action is precluded).
We focus on representing clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, premises liability, dog bite victims, workplace accidents involving defective machines, and wrongful death cases and all other types of injury cases. Call us at 253-472-8566 for a free consultation.
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The Washington State wrongful death statute creates a cause of action that allows recovery when a wrongful act or conduct of a person or entity causes someone’s death. It is important to note that only certain people may bring a claim, and this is determined by their relationship with the deceased person. Additionally, there is a time limit in which you may bring a claim. Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but we are here to help you if you believe your loved one’s death may have been caused by the negligence of someone. Call us at 253-472-8566 for a free consultation.