If you are injured on the job or suffer from an occupational disease, you may be covered by workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical costs, lost wages, and more. What many injured workers don’t realize is their employer and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, which processes workers’ compensation claims, are not focused on an injured worker’s best interests.
At Washington Injury Lawyers, PLLC, we advocate for injured workers in order to maximize the benefits they recover following an on-the-job injury. We represent clients in a wide range of industries. We work with injured workers who have been denied benefits, had benefits prematurely canceled, or who are not receiving the full amount of benefits they deserve
Our Firm’s Important Distinction
In addition, some injured workers may be able to pursue a personal injury claim if their work injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as an independent contractor or a negligent motorist. We are among the few law firms in Greater Seattle and Tacoma that has extensive experience in both personal injury law and workers’ compensation cases. We will handle both aspects of this type of case and maximize the amount you recover.
Many injured parties are unaware what benefits they can recover or whether filing a personal injury lawsuit is possible. We bring a personal approach to the overall process, taking the time to carefully review the facts of your workplace accident to determine what benefits you qualify for. This may include:
- If you are injured on the job and unable to work as a result of that injury, you may be entitled to time loss benefits. There are several requirements that must be met before the Department will consent to paying you these benefits so it is best to have an attorney assist you from the beginning so the benefits are disbursed correctly as soon as possible. Contact us today to discuss whether you are entitled to time loss benefits.
- If you are injured on the job and are able to work but are not able to work full time as a result of that injury, you may be entitled to L.E.P. benefits. It is very important that you never accept Time Loss if you are working. If the work you are doing does not provide adequate income for you and your family because you are not able to work full time, L.E.P. benefits may be an option for you to assist in closing that financial gap. Contact us today to discuss whether you are entitled to loss of earning power benefits.
- If you are injured on the job and, at the end of your treatment for the conditions accepted under your workers compensation claim, you are still not back to the way you were before the injury occurred, a doctor may assign a category or percentage of permanent partial disability to one or more of your accepted conditions. This category or percentage corresponds to a dollar amount that the Department of Labor and Industries will pay you in compensation for the fact that you are, to a medical certainty, partially or temporarily long-term disabled as a result of your on-the-job injury. Not everyone receives a permanent partial disability assignment at the end of their treatment. Contact us today to discuss whether you may be entitled to receive a permanent partial disability assignment.
- If you are injured on the job and, due to the gravity of the injury, are unable to return to any sort of gainful employment even after you have treated, a doctor may have the opinion that you are permanently disabled. If that is the case, and you meet the additional statutory requirements, the Department of Labor and Industries may place you on a pension that will pay you a set monthly amount. Contact us today to discuss whether you are entitled to pension.
Third Party Claims
Third party claims are workplace accidents caused by a party other than your employer or a co-worker. Under the workers compensation laws, employees injured at work generally cannot have a claim against an employer or a co-worker. However, if your work injury resulted from the negligence of another party, you may have the right to seek additional compensation through a third party claim.Contact us today to discuss whether you have a third party claim.