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Example L&I Cases We’ve Fought & Won

  • Total Knee Replacement is Causally-Related (Chappel)
  • Shoulder Injury was Consequential to Low Back Injury (Regan)
  • Mental Health Condition is Causally-Related (Humphreys)
  • OATS Ankle Surgery is Proper and Necessary (Lewis)
  • Dental Implants are Proper and Necessary (Jones)
  • Spine Surgery is Proper and Necessary and Causally-Related
  • 24-Hour At-Home Nursing Care is Proper and Necessary
  • Assaulted Worker was In the Course of Employment
  • Death Occurred While Totally Permanently Disabled
  • Death Was Casually-Related to Chemical Exposure
  • Injury Pensions, Injury Pensions and More Injury Pensions

Employers, TPA’s and Defense Attorneys We’ve Battled Successfully:

  • AIG
  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Broadspire
  • Comprehensive Risk Management
  • Corvel
  • Crawford & Company
  • Costco
  • D
  • Eberle Vivian
  • Esis
  • F
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • General Dynamics
  • Helmsman Management
  • King County
  • Liberty Management Services
  • King County
  • Sedgwick – Boeing
  • Sedgwick – CMS
  • Walmart
  • Workers Compensation Solutions
  • Zurich

File an L&I Claim

  • Industrial Injury Claim Center
  • Occupational Disease Claim Center
    • What A Broken Body Means
    • Newly Displaced Workers
    • Workers Close to Retirement
    • Statute of Limitations
  • File a Protest or Appeal
  • Can You Sue Your Employer?

Types of L&I Settlements

What Do L&I Attorneys Cost?

  • On-going L&I Benefits
  • Back-Due Benefits
  • Pension Benefits
  • CRSSA Settlements
  • PPD Awards
  • Side-Bar Settlements
  • Personal Injury Cases

What Do L&I Attorneys Do?

  • At the Department of Labor & Industries
  • At the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • At the Higher Courts

Medical Care

  • Right to Choose Own Doctor
  • Preexisting Condition ARE Covered
  • Proper and Necessary Treatment Covered
  • Utilization Review – Comagine
  • What if Treatment is Denied?
  • Can I Use My Private Insurance?
  • Diagnostic Tests Covered
  • Experimental Treatments
  • Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC)
  • Treatment Guidelines
  • Palliative Care Not Covered
  • Rules for Pain Medication

Time Loss Compensation Benefits

  • Payment Orders
  • Requirements to Get Paid
  • Statutory Right to Payment
  • Retroactive Certification
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
  • Light-Duty Job Offers
  • Change of Circumstances Payments
  • Social Security Offsets

Loss of Earning Power (LEP) Benefits

  • Computation of Payments

Penalties Against Self-Insured Employers

  • Claim Processing Rule Violations
  • Failure to Pay Benefits Timely
  • Failure to Provide Claim File
  • Waiver of Penalty by Director
  • Other Bases for Penalties

Permanent Partial Disability Awards

  • Headaches
  • Depression/Anxiety/Mental Health
  • Cervical Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Upper Extremity
  • Lower Extremity
  • Other Body Parts

Vocational Training

  • Don’t Trust the VRC
  • Vocational Disputes
  • Early Intervention Assessments
  • Return To Work Priorities
  • Option 1 Benefits
  • Option 2 Benefits
  • Job Analyses
  • Plan Development Phase
  • Failure of Retraining

L&I Pension Benefits

L&I Mental Healthcare Benefits

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Category of Impairments Listings

L&I Death Benefits

  • Death Caused by Industrial Injury
  • Death Occurs During Permanent Total Disability
  • Pension Benefits for Surviving Spouse

L&I Travel Reimbursement Benefits

  • Rules on Reimbursements
  • Travel Reimbursement Form

Claim Suppression and Retaliation

  • Claim Suppression Rules and Realities
  • Claim Suppression Penalties
  • Decertification of Self-Insured Employer

Third-Party Claim Rights

  • Personal Injury Suits for Work-Related Injuries
  • Advance Payment of Compensation Concept
  • Designation of Personal Injury Attorney
  • Effect of Failure to Designate Own Attorney

Reopening an L&I Claim

  • Applicable Burden of Proof
  • Over-7 Reopening Issues

Classic Industrial Insurance Act Claims

Independent Medical Exams

  • Do I Need an Attorney
  • Notice of IME Required
  • How to Behave at Your IME
  • Failure to Attend IME Exam
  • IME Concurrence Process
  • Can Your Attorney Attend?
  • Can You Take a Friend?
  • Can You Record the Exam
  • How To Obtain the IME Report
  • Complain about IME Examiner
  • Fun Facts About the IME Process
  • IME Fraud is Real

Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

  • Do You Need an Attorney at the BIIA?
  • Nobody Should be Unrepresented
  • Representation By Non-Attorneys
  • Mediation
  • Scheduling Conferences
  • Litigation Scheduling Orders
  • Discovery
    • Interrogatories
    • Requests for Production
    • Requests for Admission
    • CR 35 Exams
    • Discovery Depositions
  • Motions
  • Hearings
    • Court Rules
    • Rules of Evidence
    • Subpoenas
    • Prima Facie Case Requirement
    • Judge Cannot Advocate
    • Sequestration of Witnesses
    • Direct Examination
    • Cross Examination
    • Perpetuation Depositions
    • What to Wear?
  • Memoranda
  • Tips for Testimony
  • Sanctions and Contempt
  • Proposed Decision and Order
  • Decision and Order
  • Interlocutory Review
  • Petition for Review
  • Interest on Awards

Appealing to Superior Courts

  • How to File
  • Attorney Fees & Costs Recoverable
  • Attorney Fee Computation
  • Costs

Important Doctrines and Rules:

  • Outlawed Common Law Doctrines
    • Fellow-Servant Rule
    • Assumption of Risk
    • Contributory Negligence
  • Personal Comfort Doctrine
  • Coming and Going Rule
  • Parking Lots Excluded from Coverage
  • Compensable Consequences Doctrine
  • Liberal Construction Doctrine

A History of Workers’ Compensation

  • Workers Compensation in Antiquity
  • Modern Workers Compensation History
  • Washington Workers’ Compensation
    • Industrial Insurance Act of 1911
    • Industrial Insurance Act of Today

Legislative Priorities in Labor & Industries Claims:

  • Relax the Rules of Evidence and Procedure in L&I Matters
  • Vest Full Equitable Powers in the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • Adopt Continuing Jurisdiction for L&I Matters
  • Let All Licensed Medical Providers Treat Injured Workers
  • Adopt Presumptive Approval for Certain Diagnostic Tests
  • Regulate Independent Medical Examiner Fraud
  • Stop Punishing Injury Worker Suicide
  • Protect Attending Providers and Workers Against Abusive Defense Attorneys
  • Adopt Catastrophic Injury Benefits Reform

Client Instructions

  • Social Distancing Ethics
  • Use Secure Access
  • Injured Worker Duties
  • Behavior in Doctor Offices
  • Treat Your Paralegal with Respect
  • When to Use Email Communication
  • When to Call Your Paralegal
  • How to Obtain an Attorney Appointment
  • What if I Don’t Get a Call-Back?
  • How Do I Set Up Direct Deposit?
  • Can I Pick Up My Check?

L&I Resources

  • L&I Forms
  • PPD Schedules
  • PPD Calculator
  • LawByPhone App
  • L&I Video Library

Featured L&I Attorneys


Spencer Parr

Partner, Labor & Industries / Personal Injury Attorney
Scott Goodrich

Scott Goodrich

Associate, Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Alden Byrd

Associate, Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Jonathan Burr

Associate, Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Sara Sheikh - Washington Labor & Industries Attorney - Workers' Compensation Litigation Lawyer - Washington Law Center

Sara Sheikh

Associate, Workers’ Compensation Attorney


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