Washington Workers Compensation
Most workers in Washington state are automatically covered by workers' compensation insurance from their first day on the job. If you have been injured at work or diagnosed with an occupational illness, workers' comp pays benefits during your recovery. In exchange for accepting these benefits, you cannot sue your employer for your injury or illness. If you have trouble filing a claim or your claim has been denied, speak to a workers' compensation attorney immediately.
Workers' Compensation Insurance Coverage
Under Washington state law, employers must provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to most employees, which begins on their first day of employment. Both full-time and part-time employees are covered at no cost to the employee.
Certain types of workers may not be covered by Washington state workers' comp insurance. These include:
- Domestic workers in private homes
- Employees who are covered by federal workers' comp insurance
- Newspaper carriers
- Horse-racing jockeys
If you are hurt while working in a position not covered by workers' comp, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney and sue your employer for injury-related compensation.
Injuries typically covered by Washington workers' comp include:
- Traumatic physical injuries
- Repeated trauma injuries
- Mental injuries
- Occupational disease
Workers' Comp Benefits
If you are hurt on the job-regardless of whether your employer was at fault-or diagnosed with an occupational illness, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits that include:
- Medical care
- Disability income
- Vocational assistance
- Partial disability benefits
- Prescription medicines
- Reimbursement for damaged or destroyed pensions
In addition, the survivors of a worker who is killed on the job may be entitled to death benefits.
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
Promptly seek medical treatment after a work-related accident, and tell the doctor your injury occurred on the job or in connection with your job. You must also notify your employer of your work-related injury or disease in writing as soon as possible.
You have a year from the date of your accident to file a workers' compensation claim and two years from the date of being diagnosed with an occupational illness.
Find & Hire Local Washington State Workers' Compensation Attorneys
A workers' compensation lawyer can help you file an initial claim for benefits and appeal a denied claim. Your attorney can also help ensure that you get all of the benefits to which you're entitled. Do you need help hiring a local lawyer? Attorneys.com can help. Call 877-913-7222 to use our free legal referral service, or complete the form on this page.