Workers CompensationRodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers, PLLC attorneys have represented injured workers in the State of Washington for over twenty years. We can help you navigate through the gauntlet of the Workers Compensation (L&I) system so you can receive the benefits you deserve.

** Our early involvement can dramatically improve the outcome of your claim **

 

 

 

 

 

You Are Entitled To

Under the Industrial Insurance Act (Title 51 RCW), an injured worker is entitled to benefits that will assist them in living through and recovering from a work-related injury/occupational disease. The benefits available include:

  • Wage Loss
    An injured worker who is medically unable to return to work during recovery is entitled to wage replacement benefits.
  • Loss of Earning Power
    If the injured worker returns to work during recovery and is earning less than what he/she was earning before the injury, he/she would be entitled to loss of earning power benefits. That is, they will be compensated for any differential in income resulting from the injury.
  • Medical Treatment
    Any medical treatment that is proper and necessary to treat the work related injury should be covered through Labor & Industries, at no expense to the injured worker.
  • Vocational Services
    Any injured worker who is deemed unable to return to his job of injury or other previous occupations due to physical, mental, and/or other health reasons, is entitled to re-training at the expense of the Department of Labor and Industries. The purpose of the re-training is to allow the injured worker to be employable in an occupation that his health condition(s) allow him/her to carry out.
  • Permanent Impairment
    If as a result of the injury, the worker has any permanent residual impairment, Labor and Industries will provide a one-time award proportional to the permanency of the injury. That is, the more severe and permanent your injury, the larger the award Labor and Industries will provide.
  • Pension
    If, as a result of the injury, the worker is no longer employable in any capacity/field, the Department of Labor and Industries could give the worker the option of receiving a pension for the rest of his/her life.

Your Challenges

At every stage of the development of your claim there are adverse parties (employers, employer’s attorneys, Department of Labor and Industries, doctors, etc.) that will attempt to reduce or eliminate some or all of the benefits you are entitled to. Some of the most common issues you will encounter are:

Not filing an actual claim, rejecting a claim, rejecting medical conditions, delaying time loss or loss of earning power, closing your claim before it’s been resolved, doctors determining that you are ok to return to work even if you are still injured, inadequate compensation, orders to return to work without resolving your conditions, medical diagnoses that are inconsistent with the way you feel, independent medical evaluations that do not reflect your conditions, etc.

Not addressing these obstacles at the right moment and with proper representation will wreak havoc with your financial situation.

What We Can Do For You

  • Wage Loss
    We aggressively pursue the aspects of the claim that affect wage loss. This includes proving that the worker’s injury did not allow him to work, and providing the documentation to maximize the amount of time loss the worker deserves (time loss, loss of earning power).
  • Loss of Earning Power
    We stay current with the client’s medical condition by contacting their health care providers.  This allows us to address in a timely manner any issues that will affect the claim. Our goal is to prevent the denial of medical treatment before the worker has recovered as much as medically possible.
  • Medical Treatment
    Any medical treatment that is proper and necessary to treat the work related injury should be covered through Labor & Industries, at no expense to the injured worker.
  • Vocational Services
    After a vocational evaluation, the Department will determine in what occupations, industries, and companies an injured worker is able to work at. We painstakingly review the reports for any discrepancies that could affect your claim. The most common example is when the report states there are job openings, but upon further investigation we find out the available positions would not accommodate the modifications that the worker’s health conditions impose.
  • Permanent Impairment
    At the conclusion of the claim, we review and research medical opinions that determine what amount of bodily/mental damage the industrial injury has caused. The goal is to maximize the permanent partial disability award.
  • Pension
    It is imperative that we bring all the above-information to make a strong case if an injured worker will never be able to return to work due to the industrial injury. All aspects of the claim are involved.

Our experienced team of attorneys will track your claim and fight for you at every stage of the claim. Every claim and injured worker is different, please contact us in order to schedule a consultation.

 

 

 

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