Helping Workers Get The Treatment And Benefits They Need

Jan 2013

Lynden Worker's Arm Crushed Under Dump Truck Bed

A fire official in Lynden, Wash., says a construction worker suffered traumatic injuries when his arm was crushed beneath the bed of a dump truck. Read More...

State Senate Introduces New Workers' Compensation Bills

Four bills reforming Washington’s industrial insurance program were discussed Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor in Olympia. Read More...

House Representatives Urge Expansion For Lump-Sum Settlement Of Claims

State Representatives Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw and Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw wrote an Op-Ed article in the Seattle Times. They propose that the option to settle the non-medical part of an L&I workers’ compensations claim, for a lump-sum, should be available to all workers and not just to those over 55 years old. Read More...

Dept. of Natural Resources fined $172,900 For Employee's Death

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for 15 worker-safety violations following an investigation into the drowning death of a DNR diver last summer. A contributing factor to the death was “acute cocaine intoxication.”

The citation carries a proposed penalty of $172,900.

New L&I Guideline For Opioid Medication Announced

L&I announced its new guideline for Prescribing Opioids to Treat Pain in Injured Workers, effective July 1, 2013.  The new guideline will replace the Department’s Guideline for Outpatient Prescription of Oral Opioids for Injured Workers with Chronic Non-cancer Pain and Guideline for Outpatient Prescription of Controlled Substances, Schedule II-IV, for Workers. Read More...

L&I Medical Network Operating As Of Jan. 1, 2013

The Department of Labor & Industries has started a Medical Provider Network to treat injured workers. As of January 1, 2013 certain medical providers must be part of the network if they wish to treat, or continue treating injured workers with L&I claims. If the providers are not part of the network, they won’t be paid for their services. Currently the following providers must be part of the network: Read More...

L&I Sends Required Workplace Posters To Employers

The Department of Labor & Industries has mailed a new set of required workplace posters to employers in Washington state. A major change in the workers’ compensation poster prompted the mailing—injured workers must now see a network medical provider for ongoing care. Read More...
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