Occupational injuries and illnesses affect thousands of Everett families every year, which often places unnecessary and unjust financial pressures on their shoulders. Here at the Everett law offices of The Walthew Law Firm, we have more than 80 years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims. We understand that the Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employers don’t always pay benefits timely, underpay benefits or deny claims, and try to prematurely close an injured worker’s claim. Let us help you receive the compensation that you need and deserve.
Wage Replacement Benefits
The attorneys of The Walthew Law Firm understand a client’s immediate need for workers’ compensation benefits. Wages may have stopped, so clients need time loss compensation immediately to pay for groceries, gas, mortgage payments, and all of their other normal day-to-day expenditures. One of the benefits of a workers’ compensation claim over a personal injury lawsuit, is that benefits should be paid quickly. Workers’ comp benefits include:
- Time loss compensation (temporary total disability);
- Loss-of-earning power;
- Vocational training to help the injured employee find work in a new field;
- Structured settlement;
- Permanent partial disability (PPD);
- Lifetime pension (total permanent disability);
Fighting Against Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials
It is not uncommon for a workers’ compensation claim to be denied. The Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employers will deny your claim if they believe that the injury did not happen at work or was from a preexisting condition. It is crucial to report an injury to your employer as soon as it happens, list all of your injuries on the accident report form, and see your doctor right away. Claims managers look for any excuse not to pay what they owe. Our attorneys keep the largest employers and the Department of Labor & Industries honest and hold them accountable for the benefits that they owe you.
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Learn more about:
- Car Accidents
- Denied Benefits and Appeals
- Hand and Arm Injuries
- Hip and Knee Injuries
- L&I Benefits
- L&I Medical Care
- L&I Pension
- Loss of Earning Power
- Medical Treatment
- Neck and Back Injuries
- L&I Claims Process
- Permanent Partial Disability
- First Responders
- Shoulder Injuries
- Structured Settlements
- Time Loss Compensation
- Total Disability Pension
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- What’s Your L&I Claim Worth?
- Vocational Retraining
Permanent Partial Disability vs. Lifetime Pension
When the Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employer determines an injured worker’s medical condition is “fixed and stable,” meaning no treatment will improve that workers’ medical condition, claim closure is usually next. If the worker returned to work, then a doctor rates permanent partial disability (PPD) (hyperlink) and the claim is closed based on the PPD rating. Written protest to claim closure and proof of a higher rating of PPD must be submitted to the Department of Labor & Industries within 60 days of receipt of the closure order. The attorneys at The Walthew Law Firm have extensive experience in how to rate PPD and protests or appeals to claim closure.
The larger issue, however, is whether the injured worker is permanently unable to return work. They may be entitled to a total disability, lifetime pension based on their age, education, work history, pre-existing disabling conditions, and the physical limitations from the industrial injury. Rather than trying to live on a relatively small PPD award, a lifetime pension can provide financial security.
Let the knowledge and experience of the Everett workers’ compensation attorneys at The Walthew Law Firm (hyperlink) work for you. Don’t accept claim closure as the final say in your workers’ comp claim. It may be premature and an incorrect decision on the part of the claims manager.
Common Workplace Injuries and Occupational Diseases
Whether you are suffering from a broken bone or a repetitive injury or disease that resulted in days off work, you deserve to be compensated for your injury and how it impacted your ability to work. Common workplace injuries include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
- Fractured hand, foot, toes, or fingers;
- Knee injuries;
- Shoulder injuries;
- Elbow or wrist injuries;
- Chronic overuse injury, such as damage to tendons, muscles, or joints;
- Strains and sprains;
- Chronic neck pain;
- Chronic back pain; and
- Hearing loss.
Typical occupational diseases include:
- Lung disorders from occupational exposures such as Baker’s Lung, asbestosis, and occupational asthma,
- Hepatitis C or HIV from needle sticks at work; Skin disorders from exposure to harsh chemicals at work;Joint injuries from repetitive use of vibratory tools such as jackhammers.
Suing a Third Party
Sometimes, the injury was the fault of a third party other than a coworker or your employer. For example, a careless or distracted driver swerving through a construction zone could be held liable for damages they cause to a construction worker. The construction worker could collect workers’ compensation benefits at the same time as filing a lawsuit or claim against the driver. The Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employer would have a lien on any third-party recovery from the claim or lawsuit. The recovery formula is set by law and takes into consideration the attorney fees and costs paid by the construction worker on the third-party lawsuit.
Contact an Everett Workers’ Compensation Attorney Immediately
Recovering L & I benefits is usually harder than it should be Our attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected, and that you receive the medical attention and wage replacement benefits that are owed to you. Reach out to one of our experienced Everett workers’ compensation attorneys today.
Our clients are saying:
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for your help in our L&I case. I am confident we could not have secured better representation.”Michelle
“I want to let you know that I truly appreciate all the efforts you put into ensuring that I received what is due to me. I really thank you for your thoughtfulness, care and kind words.”Olu
“There are no words to express my gratitude for all the help you have given me during this part of my journey over the many years. The Walthew Law Firm lawyers and office people are the very best.”Chris
“I just wanted to reiterate how excited we are for how everything worked out in this fight for a lifetime pension. We are very grateful for all the hard work you and Patrick have put in working on this case for such a long time and being able to prevail! That you very much again!”Viktor