Frequently Asked Questions
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?
I am not currently working and not receiving any income, what happens when my doctor says I can return to work, but have restrictions?
What happens when my employer offers me light duty work or part time work?
What happens if I am unable to return to any type of work that I used to do?
L&I wants to close my claim, but my doctor doesn’t agree, what do I do next?
What if my condition worsens after my claim has closed?
What does it mean when my case is going before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals?
Our practice is focused on representing injured workers, and victims of personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, dog bites and families of wrongful death victims.
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