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Seattle Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

A Seattle workers’ compensation attorney can help you recover financially from your employer. On-the-job injuries happen and when they do they can be devastating, and lead to many months, years, or even a lifetime of recovery. Depending on the injury you may never be able to return to work again. You may be asking yourself how you’re going to pay for, potentially, a lifetime of recovery.

Seattle Workers' Compensation Attorney

Why Choose The Fang Law Firm?

  • We have a 98 percent success rate across 10,000 litigation cases.
  • We work on contingency so you won’t have to pay until we win.
  • The Fang Law Firm won’t pass you off to our support staff like other workers’ compensation firms.

How Can a Seattle Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help?

A Seattle workers’ compensation attorney can help you defend against these unfair, self-insurer tactics.

The claim administrator is separate from your employer and they will do everything they can to reduce your settlement amount. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you with the following:

  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • Hire a scene constructionist
  • Handle all negotiations and communications from the plan administrator
  • Respond to requests for more information from the plan administrator
  • Manage deadlines to ensure the claim process runs smoothly
  • Advocate for a pension settlement

Should I File an Injury Claim or a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

An injury that threatens your livelihood can be alarming. Many employees who are hurt on the job wonder if they should file a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim. The difference between the two is the matter of fault and no fault. Washington is a no-fault state for workers’ compensation benefits so when you’re hurt on the job you are automatically entitled to benefits and you don’t need to prove your employer is at fault in the accident.

To file a personal injury claim, you’d have to prove that your employer was directly responsible for your injury through some type of negligence.

Workers’ compensation provides only economic damages for medical costs and lost wages while personal injury claims also pay damages for pain and suffering; however, you’d have to prove that your employer acted recklessly, or file against a manufacturer of a dangerous product or defective tool. You could also choose a personal injury lawsuit if a third party who doesn’t work for your employer caused the accident.

How Much is My Injury Worth?

Workers’ compensation benefits provide reasonable medical benefits to address and treat your injury without deductibles or copayments. It provides travel benefits if your treatment requires traveling to hospitals or clinics. You can also expect vocational training benefits if your injury requires you to take a new job or new position within your company.

Workers’ compensation allows for time-loss benefits for temporary disability related to your work injury. Payments for time lost at work begin on the 4th day after the work injury and continue until you are able to return to work at full capacity. Depending on your number of dependents, you’ll receive 60% to 75% of your pay based on your average monthly gross income. This amount does have caps based on statewide average monthly wages for the year

With a current maximum of $7,674 per month and a minimum of $959 per month.

Worker’s compensation also provides coverage for partial wage loss for 80% of the difference in pay, with the same maximum and minimum caps, if you’re able to return to work but not at full capacity or in a lower-paying position.

If your injury leaves you with a permanent disability, you’ll receive a monetary award for your impairment in an amount based on the severity of your disability. This may be a lump sum or spread over time in monthly payments for large amounts. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries offers a claims calculator tool you can use to determine how much your injury is worth.

What is Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

  • Medical benefits to pay for prescriptions, surgery, and other medical care
  • Some travel for medical procedures or appointments
  • Reimbursement for lost or damaged property
  • Permanent partial disability and permanent total disability
  • Job retraining and assistance finding work after an injury
  • Pension payments
  • Death benefits
  • Loss of earning power benefits

A Seattle workers’ compensation lawyer can help you advocate for all of these benefits and more.

Can My Employer Retaliate If I File a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

Some victims of work injuries worry about retaliation from an employer if they file a workers’ compensation claim or wonder if it will negatively impact their work relationship with an employer. Washington law protects workers from retaliation attempts by their employers. If you feel your employer is harassing you because of your claim, you can file a discrimination lawsuit within 90 days of the violation of your rights.

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries offers resources to employers such as incentives for finding light-duty work for injured employees and money-saving programs and opportunities.

Seattle Workers’ Compensation Laws

There are two kinds of claims available under Washington’s Worker’s Compensation Law: state-funded and self-insured claims.

  • State-funded claims: If your employer pays premiums to the Washington State Fund your claim will be managed by the Department of Labor and Industries.
  • Self-insured claims: A self-insured claim means your employer pays your workers’ compensation fund out of their own funds. Your claim will be administered by a third-party administrator.

The benefits that a state-funded and a self-insured funded workers’ compensation provide are essentially the same but the difference lies in how the claims process is managed. A self-insured workers’ compensation claim is more privileged and handled by a personal injury attorney.

This means that documents and communications about your claim can be withheld due to “attorney-client privilege.” Additionally, employers self-insure to save money and in order to save money, they will suppress claims, refuse to pay benefits, slash benefits, delay benefits, and unfairly surveil you.

Be aware of the IME

IME is a medical evaluation to determine the status of your injury. An IME can be requested by a doctor, a self-insured employer, or the state. An IME is typically used to close your claim or reduce benefits. A work injury attorney can help you navigate the IME process if your employer or the state-funded workers’ compensation insurance requests one.

The Fang Law Firm Can Help

We have decades of experience in accident litigation, and we win. We will advocate for you on your behalf and work as hard as we can to get the settlement you deserve. The last thing you should worry about is fighting with the claims manager for the benefits you’re entitled to under the law. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation. Our workers’ comp attorneys will review your case and chart a path to recovery.

The Fang Law Firm offers 100% remote and contactless meetings & representation.