Seattle Workers’ Compensation Settlement Attorneys
The goal of this amendment was to reduce the number of total disability pensions awarded by the Department of Labor & Industries. Put simply, it was intended to protect employers, not injured workers.
The Department is now advising injured workers of this change, and you may hear more about this in the near future from the media or other injured workers. Structured settlements award a fixed sum of money paid out over a specific period. This is not a situation where there is a large, one-time lump-sum payment. When the payments end, there are no additional monetary benefits paid on the claim, no matter what may happen in the future. Under the usual claim process, benefits can be paid for the life of the injured worker, based on a person’s age, education, work history, prior injuries, and the effects of industrial injury or occupational disease claims.
Our attorneys recommend a slow and very careful approach to this legislative change. Each client’s file will be reviewed carefully and discussed thoroughly with him or her. It may be tempting to think about being “done” with the Department of Labor & Industries and the claim process, but the cost of being “done” may be exceptionally high.
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