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The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has many initiatives and incentives. For employers, L&I designs incentive programs to help mitigate premium increases due to L&I claim costs. One program encourages employers to keep workers on salary after a work injury or workplace disease while they recover. Generally, when employees are unable to work after […] The post Work Injury in Washington State: Employers are Misusing the Kept-on-Salary Workers’ Compensation Claim Program appeared first on…
People with work injury in Washington State may be eligible for retraining under their L&I claim or workers’ compensation claim. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) provides more benefits than just medical coverage. In fact, the Industrial Insurance Act lists a variety of benefits including medical, wage replacement, vocational services, retraining, disability awards, and […] The post Vocational Retraining in L&I Claim: The Difference Between Option 1 and Option 2 appeared first on Workers
Construction workers face many potential dangers in their work environment. For example, heavy lifting, awkward postures, and repetitive work activities. Additional examples include reaching heights, working in small spaces, hazardous materials, power tools, machinery, and weather conditions. Moreover, flying debris, slips and trips and falls are just a few conditions that contribute to construction work […] The post Trench construction work injury appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington.…
People that work on your workers’ compensation claim tend to use many acronyms. In practice, abbreviations and acronyms help stakeholders convey terms and concepts efficiently. However, most work injury claimants have enough trouble understanding the L&I claim process without throwing acronyms into the mix.   Understanding acronyms in your workers’ compensation claim Over time, I […] The post Acronyms and Terms in Your L&I Claim or Workers’ Compensation Claim in Washington State appeared first on…
There are many work environments where employees and contractors work alone. Unfortunately, these professions and workplace settings have higher risk of work injury or assault.   Working alone: What is Isolated Worker? The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) defines “Isolated Workers” as janitors, security guards, hotel housekeepers, and room service attendants who spend most […] The post L&I Claim for Janitors, Security Guards and Housekeepers: Protecting Employees That Work Alone appeared first on Workers
In my experience, many bus drivers suffer from upper extremity work injury and occupational disease. There are many reasons for these types of workplace injury and industrial illness. In fact, top causes include applying force (in the arms) to drive the bus and repetitive arm movements to operate bus functions. On top, other reasons include […] The post Work Injury for Bus Drivers: L&I Issues a New Warning appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington
In L&I claims, it’s sometimes challenging to identify the root cause for certain medical symptoms after a work injury. Many times, doctors write their initial diagnosis as a sprain or strain.   Soft tissue work injury in L&I claims We frequently see sprain or strain diagnosis in chart notes in soft tissue injuries. These workplace […] The post L&I Claim Sprain and Strain: Medical Diagnosis Challenges appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington.…
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has an ongoing safety research project for temporary workers. The goal of the project is to better understand the high frequency of their work injury incidents.   Work injury research project for temporary workers L&I is working hard to better assess temporary employment injury risk factors. To achieve […] The post Work Injury for Temporary Workers: New Law and Historic Legislation appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington
Negligence isn’t typically an issue in a workers’ compensation claim. When a work injury happens, or work illness develops over time, it doesn’t matter who’s at fault. In general, except in very rare circumstances, work injury claimants cannot sue their employer. Similarly, if a worker is injured at work or suffers an occupational disease, the […] The post Motor vehicle accidents at work: Negligence and Third-Party L&I Claims appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) performs research and maintains data about every workers’ compensation claim in Washington State. In fact, its database of L&I claim information contains data from 2007 through 2020. The data captures each workplace accident type, body parts, and the nature of the injury. In addition, they store information about […] The post L&I Claim for Finger and Hand Work Injury appeared first on Workers Compensation – Washington.…