What Are Activity Prescription Forms? Activity Prescription Forms (APF forms) are forms that doctors complete to outline your physical restrictions from an industrial injury. Limits will be injury-dependent, and will determine your ability to work, functional capacities, physical restrictions, an...
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) ratings exams are how medical professionals determine how severe your workplace injury is and how it is rated toward the PPD award schedule. You’ll usually have a rating exam done by your primary physician, then an IME by an L&I-approved physician once yo...
What Is Permanent Partial Disability Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) means you have an impairment that didn’t go away after you recovered from a workplace injury or illness. Workers’ compensation PPD awards are monetary awards for injured workers who are able to return to work and do their...
Independent Medical Exams During the course of your workers’ comp claim, you may be required to complete an independent medical exam (IME) conducted by a doctor other than your primary provider. The purpose of this exam is for L&I to get an expert opinion regarding your medical condition. H...
If you are injured at work in Washington state, you are more than likely entitled to medical and financial workers’ compensation benefits from the state’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Contracting certain types of illnesses or diseases during the course of your work may also e...
[caption id="attachment_44168" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/zimmytws[/caption] Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is available to any employee who is injured or acquires certain types of illnesses at the workplace, or during work-related activities, acco...
The long-term economic losses of workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), whose common symptoms include numbness and weakening of the hand muscles, have long been known to exceed those of workers with other musculoskeletal conditions, according to the Washington Department of Labor and Industrie...
One of the first whistleblowers to highlight inadequate safety measures in U.S. workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic has sued the Bellingham hospital and staffing firm that fired him in March. Dr. Ming Lin filed the lawsuit in Whatcom County Superior Court last week, claiming wrongful ter...
The family of a 19-year-old delivery worker did not qualify for any kind of worker’s compensation death benefits after their son was killed by a dump truck earlier this year. Antawani Wright-Davis, who worked as a cyclist for DoorDash, an app that hires workers as independent contractors, ...
Workers compensation is a type of insurance that helps employees recover from workplace injuries or illnesses developed through one’s work. Each state has a different set of laws for its workers compensation program, with benefits covering medical expenses, prescription medication, death benefits,...