Frequently Asked Questions

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When do I hire an attorney to help with my claim?

We recommend consulting our office immediately to protect your rights if you are injured on the job. Especially, do not meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) and/or sign any paperwork before hiring an attorney. Hence, the Department of Labor and Industries has recently implemented new efforts to prevent and/or reduce your time loss payments by hiring VRC’s against your claim as quickly as possible, even if you are still healing from your injuries.

Do I have a time limit for filing an industrial injury or occupational disease claim?

• L&I or your Self-Insured Employer must receive your claim application within ONE year of your injury date to file a claim.
• L&I or your Self-Insured Employer must receive your claim application within TWO years of your doctor’s diagnosis for occupational disease claims.

Can I sue my employer or a coworker for my injury?
Generally, no. The L&I system replaces your ability to sue your employer for their negligence. The employer has immunity (protection) from a lawsuit.
I am not currently working and not receiving any income, what happens when my doctor says I can return to work, but have restrictions?
You may be entitled to time loss benefits
What happens when my employer offers me light duty work or part time work?
Please proceed with caution and make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor is aware of your physical and mental limitations. If you deny the job offer, you may face denial of future time loss benefits under this claim. With such a highly time sensitive matter, contact an attorney to see how best to handle this situation.
What happens if I am unable to return to any type of work that I used to do?
You need to contact an L&I attorney. He/She can advise you of your rights and what’s the best route possible of how to proceed with your claim. When L&I makes a decision and you disagree, you have a right to appeal that decision.
L&I wants to close my claim, but my doctor doesn’t agree, what do I do next?
You need to contact an L&I attorney. He/She can advise you of your rights and what’s the best route possible of how to proceed with your claim. When L&I makes a decision, if you or your doctor disagrees, you have a right to appeal that decision.
What if my condition worsens after my claim has closed?
You may apply to reopen your claim for full benefits within SEVEN years of the date that your case was first closed by final and binding order. Also, make sure that your doctor can show objective worsening of your accepted conditions.
What does it mean when my case is going before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals?
You recently filed an appeal regarding one or more of L&I’s decision, and now the issue that is on appeal will be heard by an independent agency that acts and feels like Superior Court. An Industrial Appeals Judge may be assigned to your case. Other parties that may be involved is a representative from the Attorney General Office, that represents L&I, and sometimes a representative for your employer, in which they have a right to get attorney representative as well. If you find yourself representing yourself before the Board on Industrial Appeals Judge and other attorneys on your appeal, it is best to contact an attorney who is knowledgeable with L&I and the appeals system as soon as possible.

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