Washington state workers’ comp rates rise nearly 7% per month


Washington state workers’ compensation benefits increased by nearly 7% at the start of July.

For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2019, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by 6.7% in line with a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of the state’s average wage, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

For 2020, the COLA increased the maximum monthly benefit to $6,970, or 120 percent of the state’s average monthly wage.

The monthly increase also applies to pension benefits paid to the relatives of those who died because of a work-related accident or disease. For most workers, the increase becomes effective July 1, 2020.

However, some workers may not be eligible for the COLA, including those who also receive federal Social Security benefits and most workers whose injury date falls between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The latter will receive their first COLA on July 1, 2021.

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