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At Emery | Reddy, PLLC we know how difficult it can be for workers and their families following an industrial accident, illness, or a rights violation. We are committed to supporting our clients throughout the legal process in order to provide the peace of mind necessary for a full recovery. Call Emery | Reddy today to learn more.

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Washington State Employment Law and L&I Resource Center

Our Employment Law and Labor and Industries (L&I) Resource Center has quick links to helpful information. Read below to learn more about how L&I works in Washington state.

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Know Your Worker’s Rights in Washington State

As a Washington state employee, you are entitled to several protections and benefits under state and federal laws. Everyone deserves to be paid fairly, work free of discrimination and harassment, and perform their job in a safe work environment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and many people don’t know what to do or even what their rights are. Find the answers to your questions in our L&I Resource Center below. Learn what to do when your rights are violated, and how hiring a skilled attorney can help you.

Resource Videos

Watch our Employment Law and Labor and Industries (L&I) resource videos with Patrick B. Reddy and Timothy W. Emery for the answers to some of your most asked questions.

What Is L&I?

L&I is short for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, which handles workers’ compensation claims for employees who are injured or develop certain injuries or illnesses at work, known as an occupational illness.

Download our L&I — Workers’ Compensation FAQ for answers to your most asked questions.

How Do I Know If I Have a Strong L&I Claim?

If you have an L&I claim or wonder if you should seek the assistance of an experienced Labor and Industries attorney, ask yourself the following:

If any of the above apply to you, Emery | Reddy may be able to help.

Navigating a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult and very time-consuming, especially when you’re ill or injured. You want to focus on healing and make sure your bills are paid, but if you don’t file things properly or on time, your health, home, and job could be in jeopardy. Many individuals miss out on much-needed L&I benefits because they don’t understand what to do or how to get the most compensation for their injuries. If you are experiencing any challenges in your case, a Labor and Industries attorney can assist you. By contacting Emery | Reddy as soon as possible after you’ve been injured, we can help you avoid the common pitfalls of filing and navigating an L&I claim. Our Seattle L&I Attorneys are here for you every step of the way.

How Does L&I Work?

When you get hurt, fall ill, or contract certain types of illnesses at work, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You can start the L&I claims process by filing a claim online through the L&I website, by calling the L&I office at 877.561.3453, or by visiting an L&I-approved doctor’s office. If all goes as planned, your claim will be accepted by L&I and you will receive various benefits.

Independent Medical Exams (IME)

An IME is a medical evaluation requested by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) or a self-insured employer (SIE) to review your medical history and accident details, to establish finding, opinions, and conclusions about your physical condition. Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) are conducted by approved L&I providers, and IMEs are intended to be objective, so no patient-provider relationship is established. Read our IME tips to learn more about how to ensure you receive the L&I benefits to which you are entitled. 

Don’t Let an IME Jeopardize Your Case

Once an L&I Claims Manager orders an Independent Medical Examination to fight your claim, you should immediately contact an L&I lawyer. They can identify any tests or procedures that aren’t appropriate for the IME and counsel you on risky or unfavorable subjects you should avoid discussing during the exam.

To learn more about IMEs, read our essential IME tips. The Labor and Industries Attorneys at Emery | Reddy have over 15 years of experience handling L&I claims, Employment Law cases, and third-party injury claims. Call Emery | Reddy today to speak to an experienced Intake Specialist and to learn how we may be able to help you with your claim. 

Download our IME FAQ for answers to your most asked questions.

Employment Law Violations

Employment Law Violations

Every day, hardworking employees across Washington state become victims of Employment Law violations. This can leave you feeling ashamed, confused, angry, anxious, and afraid. Often, employees feel like they can’t say anything, or they may lose their job or ruin their careers. If you are experiencing Employment Law issues due to harassment, discrimination, wage issues, or any other violation of your worker’s rights, call the Emery | Reddy today to speak to an experienced Intake Specialist to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your claim.

Download our Employment Law FAQ for answers to your most asked questions.

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Attorney Fees

At Emery | Reddy, we put our clients first by working for them on a contingency basis. We understand that, if you are seeking help with an employment, personal injury, or workers’ compensation issue, you are likely not in a position to spend money on representation. In order to allow our clients to put their health first and lessen financial stress, we make sure you won’t have to pay us until you have received benefits and awards for what we help you get; rather than sending up-front charges or fees to our clients for our time and efforts, our expert team instead pays its legal fees through your claim itself. Contingency changes slightly based on the type of claim for which our team is representing you.

Want More Information?

Most people suffering from a personal injury have similar questions. Read more to learn the answers to some of the most common personal injury accident questions that we hear from injured workers.

The Labor and Industries claim process is anything but straightforward. Find out the answers to your L&I — workers’ comp questions today.

Employment Law violations are all too common and can leave you feeling ashamed, confused, angry, anxious, and afraid. Find out the answers to your Employment Law questions today.

We fight for you

Meet the Team

The Attorneys at Emery | Reddy, PLLC 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 Labor and Industries Attorneys use that knowledge coupled with over three 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.

If you’re struggling with an L&I claim, injury, or legal issue at work, call us for a Free Case Review with an experienced Intake Specialist to learn more about how Emery | Reddy may be able to help you today.