Catastrophic and Serious Injuries
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Emery | Reddy, PLLC’s injury claim attorneys represent victims of catastrophic or serious injuries caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Catastrophic injuries are defined as severe, life-threatening injuries and illnesses that have long-term or permanent effects on a victim’s life. Some individuals who receive proper and early medical treatment can eventually recover, but most victims of catastrophic injuries require a lifetime of medical care from doctors, surgeons, and/or physical therapists, and may require the ongoing use of prescription drugs, medical devices, counseling, and other forms of aid. Many victims experience permanent partial disability and can face a reduced life span as a result of their injuries. Examples of these cases include brain injury, severe burns, amputation, lost eyesight, paralysis, and other traumatic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by anything from automobile collisions to construction accidents to defective products. Victims and their families not only struggle with the burden of the injury and the adversities that accompany it, but they also face huge financial costs and emotional distress. If a negligent party is at fault for such an injury, a victim’s L&I claim becomes an essential factor in shaping their future quality of life; successful claims will greatly impact the quality of that individual’s medical care and related support and will help compensate the victim for lost earnings, loss of employment, and pain and suffering.
Emery | Reddy Can Help You With Your Catastrophic Injury Case
Each time we take on a personal injury case, we seek to understand the long-term needs and life-changing complications faced by our clients. We not only fight to represent your rights and ease your burdens, but we also approach the unique circumstances of your case with the compassion and understanding you deserve. Our outstanding litigation record is the result of this personal commitment and can become an essential step in helping you restore the fullest life possible. Call Emery | Reddy today to speak to our legal team and learn how we can help you get the benefits you need and deserve. Please remember to have your L&I claim number readily available.
Our Seattle L&I Attorneys Will Help You Recover:
- Medical benefits: L&I medical benefits will cover all medical costs associated with your claim. This can include doctor appointments, treatments, surgeries, occupational therapy, and prescription medications.
- Time-loss and wage replacement: If you are approved for time-loss benefits, you may receive compensation for lost wages and vocational rehabilitation.
- Damages for pain and suffering: L&I settlement amounts vary widely and typically fall into three categories:
- 1. L&I Disability Pensions: A life-long benefit awarded to injured workers who will never be able to return to any gainful employment due to a severe or life-threatening injury.
- 2. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Awards: A one-time sum paid to injured workers when their L&I claim is closed. The worker can re-enter the workforce following a PPD award.
- 3. Claim Resolution Settlement Agreement (CRSA): An L&I settlement option where all parties agree to close an injury claim for a specified amount. When agreeing to this settlement type, the injured worker exchanges all future benefits, except medical, for the payment.
We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our L&I and injury attorneys are dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation to which you are entitled by law. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Call us today to learn how Emery | Reddy can help you with your L&I claim.
Your L&I Claim Is Worth More If You Also Have An Employment Law Claim
A significant number of L&I workers’ compensation claims often involve additional legal claims such as employment law or third-party claims. Many people file their claims without seeking representation from an L&I attorney and thus never discover that in addition to their L&I claim, they may be missing out on the ability to file an employment law claim or a third-party claim. Pursuing additional legal action has the potential to significantly increase a claim’s overall compensation.
What Is An Employment Law Claim?
Many injured workers find that their employer has taken, or plans to take, adverse action against them because they filed an L&I claim or they are out of work. You can file a lawsuit against your employer for several reasons, including retaliation, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, or unpaid wages. An L&I attorney that is experienced in both L&I workers’ compensation law and employment law can help you with your L&I claim while simultaneously filing a federal or state law claim for the violation of workers’ rights by your employer.
What Is A Third-Party Claim?
A third-party claim is one in which someone other than your employer or co-worker is responsible for your injury. If you have been injured on the job due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party claim, which combines your L&I claim with a personal injury claim using the same facts.
Unlike workers’ compensation payments, there is no limit to the amount of compensation an injured worker may seek in third-party damages.
Who Is At Fault For A Workplace Injury?
L&I is a no-fault system, ensuring compensation for any workplace injury. However, if a third-party is involved in causing the injury, you may be able to pursue legal action against them for additional compensation under third-party claims.
How Do I Know If I Have A Case?
The bottom line is that anyone who isn’t familiar with L&I claims should seek the input of experienced L&I attorneys who are.
Emery | Reddy Can Help You With Your L&I Claim
Emery | Reddy, PLLC is the only law firm in Washington State that is equipped to provide comprehensive representation on your case from every angle. Our Seattle L&I attorneys thoroughly assess every case to determine if our clients have additional claims, and at times this can extend far beyond the underlying workers’ compensation claim.
If you have been injured in the workplace, call Emery | Reddy today to speak with our legal team for a free case review. Please remember to have your L&I claim number readily available.
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Meet The Team
The L&I attorneys at Emery | Reddy are passionate about helping workers with L&I claims and employment law issues. We Help Workers®: it’s our motto and what drives us every day.
We know how L&I and big companies think, and we understand the tactics they use. Our Seattle L&I attorneys use that knowledge coupled with over two decades of experience to help our clients get access to the L&I benefits to which they are legally entitled and hold employers accountable when they break the law.
With our law office location in Seattle, we serve communities throughout the region, including Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Olympia, Shoreline, Spokane, and Tacoma. If you’re struggling with an L&I claim, injury, or legal issue at work, please call us and see how Emery | Reddy can help you today.