Washington Workers Compensation Lawyer

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 4.5 million injuries and illnesses are reported in private industry workplaces each year. This means that roughly five workers are injured at work, or become ill in the workplace, per 100 full-time workers each year. In this country, certain work laws exist that are designed to guarantee that workers who are injured in the workplace will receive permanent and set financial awards. These laws were designed to eliminate the need to decide contested claims in court.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that provides restitution for medical care for employees that are injured while in the place of employment, in exchange for the forfeit of the employee's right to sue the employer under the umbrella of negligence. Plans fluctuate according to different state court districts, though they can be made for weekly payments instead of wages as a type of disability insurance, compensation for past and future economic losses, the payment or reimbursement of the medical expenses as a type of health insurance, and benefits payable to the depends of workers who were killed as a type of life insurance.

There are certain medical conditions that are not covered under workers' compensation insurance, including:
cardiac arrest
repetitious mental trauma
everyday natural disease
willful attempt to harm oneself or others
injury sustained during off-duty social activity
an incident that occurred as an act of God
horseplay on the job that causes an injury

Unfortunately, in some cases, a company or private employer will try to test these laws and attempt to pay an injured employee less than the compensation they deserve. In these cases, the injured employee should always contact a workers' compensation lawyer or attorney for help with filing his or her claim.

In the state of Washington, workers' compensation is compulsory, and the waiting period for compensation benefits after a total disability injury is three days. This may sound simple enough, but workers' compensation laws can be complex. And, unfortunately, many of these workers' compensation laws and policies are subject to amendment at any time. Fortunately, a workers' compensation lawyer or attorney will be well-versed in Washington's current workers' compensation laws and they will have the knowledge necessary to work with the various agencies, your employer, and the courts on your behalf.

While an experienced and successful Washington workers' compensation lawyer or attorney can help you file and win your claim, the lawyer overseeing your claim will have to be compensated as well for their services. Attorneys' fees are mandated by statute in the state of Washington.

Contact a Washington worker's compensation lawyer or attorney today if you or someone you love has been injured at work. You can find a workers' compensation lawyer in Washington utilizing the American Bar Association website. The American Bar Association website features a lawyer locator function which allows the user to search through workers' compensation lawyer and attorney profiles in each specific city and state. Access to the site and profiles is free.


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