When you suffer a work injury, you may be entitled to money for lost wages, medical treatment, vocational retraining and a permanent impairment award through the Department of Labor & Industries. Our attorney has 32 years of experience practicing Washington State Workers’ Compensation law. We are confident you will receive the benefits you deserve—a difficult task to accomplish on your own, especially when you are trying to recover from your injuries.
Achieve maximum benefits for:
- Lost wages
- Medical treatment
- Vocational retraining
- Disability awards and pensions
- Maritime injuries
Washington State law guarantees benefits to injured workers. But many workers without legal representation are denied the health care, time loss, vocational training or disability benefits.
To learn more about your workers’ compensation rights and how Lehmbecker Law can help you with your L&I claim, contact us for a free consultation. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are devoted to representing injured workers.
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Workers’ Compensation is a system to provide basic benefits to people injured on the job. The law is in place to provide sure and certain benefits to reduce the physical and economic suffering of people injured on the job.
Most employers in this state pay workers’ compensation insurance premiums to the Department of Labor and Industries. If you are injured, the Department is responsible for approving your claim and paying benefits. Understanding Workers Compensation-Download now!
When to Explore If You Have an Additional 3rd Party Claim After a Workers’ Comp Injury
If you are injured on the job, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim you should consider whether you can also bring a private insurance claim.
- If a work injury is caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer or a co-employee, you have a right to bring a private insurance claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
Common situations where this apply are auto accidents during work, construction site accidents, injuries to or caused by a temporary worker, injuries caused by dangerous equipment such as on a farm or in a factory, or injuries occurring while visiting another company’s premises.
- A private insurance claim will often pay much more in compensation that just a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation claim benefits are limited by law. They typically pay only a portion of current wage loss (e.g., 60%). They generally do not pay benefits for future medical bills or loss of earnings. And they do not include any compensation for pain and suffering, inconvenience, or loss of quality of life. Under a private insurance claim, you can recover all of these items. The compensation is often many times more than you would receive from just filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Always seek the advice of an attorney experienced in both workers’ compensation and private insurance claims.
Whenever you’ve been injured on the job, you should always have your case reviewed by a highly rated law firm that does both workers’ compensation and third party personal injury cases, to ensure that you are not missing out on compensation and benefits you’re entitled to. Lehmbecker Law has been practicing in both these areas for thirty years, and offers a Free Initial Consultation. Call us at (877) 335-2018 to schedule with us.