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Tacoma Work Injury Attorney
Tacoma Work Injury Attorney

Tacoma Work Injury Attorney

Lehmbecker Law is your trusted Tacoma work accident law firm, standing ready to fight for your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. We're here to compassionately guide you through every step of your workers' compensation claim.
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Tacoma Workers Compensation Attorney Representing Injured Workers in Washington

Lehmbecker Law is your dedicated Tacoma, WA, workers' compensation law firm. Our experienced legal professionals are committed to representing injured workers throughout Washington State. With a deep understanding of workers' compensation law, we provide comprehensive legal support to make sure our clients receive the benefits they're entitled to.

From filing initial claims to appealing denied benefits, our work injury attorneys offer top-flight, personalized guidance every step of the way. We strive to alleviate the stress of navigating the workers' compensation system, allowing our clients to focus on their recovery while we handle the legal process on their behalf.

Washington’s Workers' Compensation Law

Washington's workers' compensation laws ensure that employees who suffer workplace injuries or illnesses receive necessary medical treatment and financial support. The program provides benefits such as medical coverage, wage replacement, vocational rehabilitation, and disability  settlements to eligible workers.

In Tacoma, workers' compensation is administered by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which oversees claims processing, dispute resolution, and enforcement of safety regulations. Our firm also handles self-insured employer claims, like claims administered by Sedgwick and Broadspire.

Washington’s Workers' Compensation Law

Common Types of Workplace Injuries in Washington State

Workplace incidents can result in various injuries, from minor to severe. Some common types of workplace injuries include:

  • Sprains and Strains: Overexertion from lifting, pushing, or carrying heavy objects can lead to sprains and strains, affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Fractures: Falls, machinery accidents, or being struck by objects can cause fractures, resulting in broken bones and potential complications.
  • Cuts and Lacerations: Accidents involving sharp objects can lead to cuts and lacerations, requiring medical attention and possible stitches.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Many workplace accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussions to severe brain damage.
  • Back Injuries: Lifting heavy objects incorrectly or overexertion can cause back injuries, including sprains, strains, herniated discs, and chronic pain.
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs): Performing repetitive tasks can lead to RSIs such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or bursitis.

Regardless of the type of injury you’re facing, it’s imperative to consult with a workers’ comp lawyer to secure the benefits you need to recover.

Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Injuries in Tacoma

In Tacoma, workers' compensation injuries can stem from various workplace hazards and accidents. Common causes include:

  • Slip & Falls: Whether due to slippery surfaces or uneven terrain, falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries.
  • Machinery Accidents: Mishaps involving heavy machinery or equipment can lead to severe injuries like crush injuries or amputations.
  • Transportation Accidents: Workers who drive for their jobs risk motor vehicle accidents on Washington's roads and highways.
  • Repetitive Motion: Performing repetitive tasks over time can result in strains, sprains, or conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Exposure to Hazardous Substances: Workers may encounter hazardous substances, leading to chemical burns, respiratory problems, or long-term health issues.
  • Falls Objects: Objects falling from shelves, storage areas, or overhead construction sites can fall on workers and cause lacerations or fractures.
  • Workplace Violence: Unfortunately, physical violence can occur in various work environments, resulting in physical injuries and emotional trauma.
  • Construction Accidents: The dynamic nature of construction sites poses numerous risks, including falls, being struck by objects, or accidents involving heavy machinery.

If you’re unsure whether the type or cause of your injury meets the requirements for workers’ compensation, consult with a Tacoma workers’ comp lawyer today.

Who Is at Fault When an On-the-Job Injury Occurs?

In Washington State, fault is generally not a factor in determining eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. Washington uses a no-fault system, meaning workers are entitled to benefits regardless of who is to blame for the injury. As long as the injury occurred while on the job, workers can typically receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages through the state's workers' compensation program. However, there are exceptions, such as injuries caused by a worker's willful misconduct or while engaging in illegal activities.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive for My Work Injury?

The compensation you may receive for your work injury depends on various factors, including the severity of your injury and the circumstances of the accident. Generally, you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:

Medical Benefits

Workers' compensation typically covers medical expenses related to your injury, including doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription medications, physical therapy, and medical equipment.

Wage Replacement

If your injury prevents you from working, you may be eligible for wage replacement benefits. This can include temporary total disability benefits — which provide a portion of your lost wages while you're unable to work — or permanent disability benefits if your injury results in an impairment that indefinitely affects your ability to earn a living.

Vocational Rehabilitation

If you're unable to return to your previous job due to your injury, workers' compensation may provide vocational rehabilitation services to help you train for a new occupation or obtain alternative employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Disability Benefits

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to disability benefits, including temporary partial disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, or permanent total disability benefits.

Death Benefits

If a worksite injury results in death, workers' compensation can pay death benefits to the deceased worker's dependents, including compensation for funeral expenses and ongoing financial support for eligible family members.

It's essential to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney to understand your rights and explore all available avenues for compensation following a worksite injury.

How Long Do You Have to File a Claim After a Work Injury in Tacoma?

In Washington, you typically have one year from the date of your injury to file a workers' compensation claim, and it’s crucial to report the injury promptly to preserve your right to benefits. However, exceptions may apply based on your circumstances, so consulting with a workers' compensation attorney in Tacoma is advisable to ensure you meet all deadlines and requirements for your claim.

How Can Tacoma Workers' Compensation Attorneys Help Me?

Tacoma workers' compensation attorneys can provide invaluable assistance in various ways:

  • Legal Guidance: Attorneys can explain your rights under workers' compensation laws, making sure you understand the claims process and the benefits available to you.
  • Evidence Gathering: Attorneys gather evidence to support your claim, including medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions.
  • Protests: Attorneys help you protest inaccurate denials for wage loss, medical benefits (diagnostics like MRIs and procedures, like surgeries), and premature claim closure attempts.
  • Appeals: Attorneys handle appeals if your workers' compensation claim is denied or disputed or benefits are denied, representing you in administrative hearings or court proceedings.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Attorneys can help you access vocational rehabilitation services if you're unable to return to your previous job due to your injury.
  • Legal Representation: Attorneys provide legal representation throughout the entire process, advocating for your best interests and protecting your rights every step of the way.

When you work with a workers’ compensation attorney, you’re giving yourself the best chance to recover the finances you need to recover and move on with your life.

Why Choose Lehmbecker Law Firm for Your Worker's Comp Claim?

When you choose Lehmbecker Law Firm for your worker's comp claim, you’ll have access to several benefits:

With Lehmbecker Law Firm, you can trust that you are in capable hands, and you can rest assured knowing we’ll fight tirelessly to make sure you receive the benefits and compensation you deserve.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Tacoma Workers' Compensation Lawyer

If you've been injured at work in Tacoma, don't wait to seek legal help. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced work injury attorneys today to learn more about your rights and options. We're here to fight for you every step of the way.

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Experience: Our firm has extensive experience in workers' compensation cases, and we have the knowledge to navigate the complexities of the system.

Results: With a track record of successful outcomes, we have recovered substantial compensation for injured workers in Tacoma and throughout Washington State.

Communication: We prioritize clear and open communication, keeping you informed and involved at every stage.

No Out-Pocketfees: We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't pay any upfront attorney fees — we only get paid  on your compensation, making our services accessible to everyone.

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

We’re proud to work with clients throughout Washington state, including Tacoma and surrounding areas. If you can’t make it to us, we’ll meet you where you need us, whether it’s at home or in the hospital.

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 Construction Accident Lawyers in Tacoma, WA

Don't let a construction accident set you back. Contact our Tacoma, WA, construction accident and workers' compensation lawyers at Lehmbecker Law today for a free consultation and skilled representation.
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FAQs

What should be included in a workplace accident claim?

Your workplace accident claim should include details of the incident, injuries sustained, medical records, witness statements, and documentation of any expenses incurred due to the accident, such as medical bills or lost wages.

Can you make a claim for pain & suffering in addition to an L&I claim?

In Washington State, workers' compensation benefits typically do not cover pain and suffering. However, you may be able to pursue a separate personal injury claim against a third party if their negligence contributed to your workplace injury, thus allowing you to seek compensation for pain and suffering.