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Spokane Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Spokane Workers' Compensation Attorneys

At Lehmbecker Law, Spokane’s trusted workers' compensation law firm, we’re committed to securing the benefits our clients deserve. We handle workers' comp claims with peerless knowledge and skill, protecting and promoting the rights of injured workers at every step.
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36
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1000+
Of Cases Won

Lehmbecker Law — Spokane Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Lehmbecker Law is a recognized leader in workers' compensation claim services in Spokane, with over three decades of experience advocating for injured workers.

Our skilled team of lawyers knows how to manage all aspects of workers' compensation cases, from initial filings to appeals. We pride ourselves on delivering personalized legal solutions that ensure that clients receive the maximum compensation for their injuries and losses.

With a deep understanding of labor laws in Washington State and a relentless dedication to client success and satisfaction, our firm can be your steadfast ally as you navigate the workers' compensation system.

What Are Some Common Workplace Accidents?

Workplace accidents encompass a wide range of events that happen across different industries, often leading to injuries that necessitate workers' compensation claims. The following are some of the most frequent types of workplace accidents.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls can occur due to wet floors, uneven surfaces, or obstacles in walkways. They’re among the most common causes of workplace injuries.

Overexertion

This refers to injuries related to activities like lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, carrying, or throwing. Overexertion can lead to persistent musculoskeletal disorders, such as chronic back pain.

Being Struck By or Against Objects

Workers can be hit by falling, flying, swinging, or rolling objects, resulting in serious injuries. This type of accident is particularly common in construction and industrial settings.

Being Caught In or Between Objects

These accidents happen when a part of the worker’s body gets caught in or compressed by equipment, trapped between rolling, sliding, or shifting objects, or jammed between a stationary and a moving object.

Electrocution

Certain workers can be exposed to fatal electrical currents due to improper wiring, contact with power lines, or faulty electrical equipment.

Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments

Prolonged or repeated exposure to chemicals, toxic fumes, extreme temperatures, and loud noises can lead to illnesses or injuries, some of which could take months or years to recover from.

Vehicle Accidents

Employees who drive for business purposes are at heightened risk of vehicle accidents, which are another significant cause of workplace fatalities.

Fires and Explosions

Though less common, these sorts of accidents can be extremely dangerous, often resulting in severe burns and other injuries.

Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries in Spokane

In Spokane, as in many other areas, certain types of injuries frequently lead to workers' compensation claims. These can range from mild to severe and impact various aspects of a worker's life and ability to perform their job.

Here are some of the most common injuries reported in Spokane, Washington, that could qualify for workers’ compensation.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries include sprains, strains, and tears of muscles and tendons, often occurring in the back, neck, and shoulders. Such injuries are prevalent among workers who perform repetitive tasks or heavy lifting or sit for long periods.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis arise from performing the same motion again and again, which is common in office settings and jobs requiring repetitive manual work.

Traumatic Injuries

Physical trauma can include broken bones, head injuries, and severe cuts. These types of injuries are often seen in industries like construction, manufacturing, and warehousing.

Burns and Electrocutions

Heat and electricity-related injuries can occur in workplaces that expose workers to high-voltage equipment, chemicals, or open flames.

Occupational Diseases

Some workers can develop conditions related to exposure to harmful substances. This category includes respiratory issues from inhaling toxic fumes, skin diseases from chemical exposure, and hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise.

Mental Health Issues

Psychological conditions like acute stress, depression, or anxiety stemming from workplace accidents are increasingly recognized and compensable under workers' compensation laws.

What Benefits Are Available Under Washington’s Workers’ Comp System?

Workers' compensation in Washington State provides several key benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. These benefits are designed to cover injured workers’ various needs, helping them recover and return to work as soon as possible.

The primary benefits available under Washington’s workers' compensation include:

Medical Coverage

This category of benefits covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment related to the injury or illness, including hospital visits, medications, surgeries, and essential medical equipment.

Wage Replacement Benefits

Also known as time-loss compensation, these benefits provide partial wage replacement for workers who are temporarily unable to work due to their injuries. The amount typically equates to about 60%–75% of the worker’s average weekly wage, depending on factors like marital status and number of dependents.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)

If a worker sustains a permanent impairment but can still work in some capacity, they may be entitled to a lump sum or structured payments as compensation for the loss of bodily function.

Permanent Total Disability (PTD)

Also known as pension benefits, PTD is extended to workers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of their work-related injury. This typically means that they’re unable to return to any form of gainful employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

If an injured worker can’t return to their former job, they may receive assistance in training for new work within their physical capabilities. These services can include job retraining, resume assistance, and job placement services.

Survivor Benefits

In the case of a work-related death, the worker’s dependents may receive benefits. These typically include a portion of the worker's wages and funeral expenses up to a certain amount.

Structured Settlements

For eligible workers over 50, Washington allows for the negotiation of structured settlements as an alternative to ongoing time-loss or pension benefits.

These benefits are made available by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), which administers the state’s workers' compensation system. Workers are encouraged to file a claim through their employer or directly with L&I to access these benefits.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for an Injury or Occupational Disease Sustained on the Job?

In Washington, the timeline for filing a workers' compensation claim depends on whether the qualifying issue is an injury or an occupational disease.

For work-related injuries, workers must file their claims within one year of the date of the injury. It's important to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, then proceed to file a claim with L&I or through your employer's workers' compensation insurance.

For occupational diseases, the timeline is extended to two years to account for the gradual onset of many illnesses. This means you have 24 months from the date you were informed by a qualified healthcare provider that your disease is work-related to file your claim.

It’s crucial to adhere to these time frames to ensure that you’re eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Filing late might result in your claim being denied; as such, it’s advisable to act promptly and seek legal advice if needed for guidance regarding the workers' compensation system.

Why Choose Lehmbecker Law for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim in Spokane, WA?

Choosing Lehmbecker Law to handle your workers' compensation claim ensures that you have seasoned advocates on your side. Here are a few reasons you should consider partnering with us.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Workers' Comp Claim Attorney in Spokane

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s time to explore your legal options. Arrange a no-cost consultation with a workers' compensation attorney at Lehmbecker Law today to take the first step toward securing the compensation you deserve.

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Experienced professionals: The attorneys at Lehmbecker Law bring decades of focused experience in workers' compensation claims to the table to provide clients with adept legal representation.

Personalized attention: Understanding that each case is unique, we dedicate time to listen to your story, clarify your specific needs, and develop a tailored strategy aimed at achieving the best possible outcomes.

No upfront fees: We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees upfront. We only get paid if we win your case, which ensures that our success is aligned with yours.

Proven track record: Our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction is reflected in our strong history of securing favorable results for our clients.

Contact a Spokane Workers' Comp Lawyer Today

Don't face Spokane's workers' compensation system alone. Lehmbecker Law offers dependable legal guidance, protecting your rights and interests. Call now for a free consultation.

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Verdicts and Settlements

Explore our impressive record of favorable verdicts and settlements, which showcases our success in securing just compensation for our clients.
Overcoming Negative Police Report
For a Client Wrongly Put at Fault
Lehmbecker Law overcomes a negative police report and secures the client compensation for his medical costs, pain and suffering, and property damage.
$185,000
For a Victim of DUI Accident in Dram Shop Case
Lehmbecker Law successfully recovers damages for a victim of a DUI accident and holds a bar accountable for over serving.
Lifetime Pension Awarded
For a Roofer After 5-Year Fight
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$6M
FOR A CLIENT INJURED BY A VEHICLE WHILE WALKING
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$1.8M
FOR A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WHO FELL INTO AN UNPROTECTED SHAFT
We also obtained a lifetime pension from worker’s compensation for this injured worker.
$62,500
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Attack
Our exceptional advocacy leads to a great outcome in a pit bull attack case, securing justice and compensation for the victim.
$45,000
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Bite
Lehmbecker Law secures victory in dog bite lawsuit, delivering justice and compensation to the victim.
$5.75M
FOR A GRANDFATHER STRUCK BY A YOUNG DRIVER
Finding a hidden $5M umbrella policy and making a compelling video from the Grandfather’s family helped us settle this case in less than a year.
$2.0M
FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLIENT INJURED DURING A HEART PROCEDURE
We showed that the physician performed an unnecessary procedure that seriously injured our client.
$1.75M
FOR A WOMAN WITH A PERMANENT LEG INJURY
The insurance company didn’t believe she was that injured. We convinced them.
$2.0M
for an elderly woman who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery
After being struck in a crosswalk by a delivery van.
$2.0M
for a young woman who suffered multiple orthopedic injuries
After being struck in a crosswalk by a taxicab.
$2.0M
for our client who suffered permanent cardiovascular impairment
After his surgeon attempted to perform an unnecessary procedure.
$1.75M
for our client who was hit in the front driver’s side of her vehicle
As she was driving straight through a green light in Kirkland, WA.
$675,000
for our client after she was hit by a driver failing to yield
While making a left turn.
$460,000
for our client
After being hit by a driver making an illegal U-turn.
$410,000
for our client when a piece of plywood fell onto his knee and punctured it
While working on a construction site.
$326,900
for our client
After being T-boned by a drunk driver.
$250,000
for our client who was crushed under a wall
While working on a construction site.
$250,000
for our client
After he and his dog were hit by a distracted driver who didn’t see them crossing the street.
$250,000
for our client
After his leg was broken in three places during a construction-site accident that occurred while he was working as a carpenter.
$250,000
for our client
After being hit and run side-swiped on the freeway (uninsured motorist claim).
$192,500
for our client
Who violently rear ended while traveling back to his office in the Seattle area.
$150,000
for our client
After being rear-ended while at a complete stop.
$150,000
for our client
after he slowed down to make a turn and was rear ended.
$150,000
for our client
After being hit twice within one year.
$90,000
for our client
After our client exited a restaurant, slipped on a mossy paving stone and fell, resulting in a broken ankle.
$60,000
for our client
After he was bitten by a dog in the leg while delivering a package.

Testimonials

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Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
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Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
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Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
Stars reviews
5 months ago
5
Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
Stars reviews
5 months ago
5
Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
Stars reviews
5 months ago
5
Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.

Areas We Serve

Lehmbecker Law proudly serves clients throughout Spokane and surrounding areas in Washington, providing top-notch legal counsel for workers' compensation claims.

Bellevue

11711 SE 8th ST. STE. 120, Bellevue, WA
98005

Federal Way

Uptown Square Complex 1066 S. 320th ST., BLDG. K,
STE. F Federal Way, WA 98003

Contact Our Spokane Law Firm for Help with Your Workers' Comp Claim

Attempting to navigate Washington’s workers’ compensation system alone can be daunting. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Contact Lehmbecker Law today to secure dependable legal guidance and ensure that your rights and interests are represented. Call now for a free consultation.
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FAQ

What happens if I can’t return to the job I was doing when I was injured?

If you’re unable to return to your previous job due to your injury, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, which help you train for a new position that accommodates your limitations. Alternatively, you might receive disability benefits if you're unable to work altogether.

Can my employer fire me for not being able to work after I’ve been injured?

Your employer can’t legally fire you because you’ve filed a workers' compensation claim or are temporarily unable to work due to an injury you sustained on the job. Employment laws are specifically designed to protect workers from such discrimination.

How long will I receive benefits?

The duration of your benefits will depend on the nature and severity of your injury and your recovery progress. Usually, benefits continue until you can return to work or reach full sufficient improvement. In cases of permanent disability, they can potentially continue for a lifetime under specific conditions.

How much will I be paid if I’m unable to work?

If you can’t work due to a job-related injury, you’ll receive a portion of your regular wages (generally between 60% and 75% of your average weekly wage). The exact figure is calculated based on your previous earnings and the state’s specific workers' compensation laws.