When choosing to hire an L&I attorney, it’s important to do your research. Many law firms will claim they’re the best for you, but not every firm is created equal. Hiring the wrong attorney means potentially losing your case or being the victim of malpractice. It’s important to veri...
There’s a lot at stake when an injured employee applies for workers’ compensation benefits. You may be working reduced hours or unable to work at all as medical bills pile up and your condition doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Although wage replacement, medical coverage and other worker...
[caption id="attachment_44695" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/designer491[/caption] 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 ...
On March 14, 1911, Washington enacted the first workers’ compensation system in the country, alongside Kansas.  It was a new concept at the time, giving workers insurance benefits, including payment of lost wages and medical costs as well as protection from coercion by their employers in exch...
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which has been monitoring whether businesses are following coronavirus guidelines to keep workers safe, is also in charge of accepting or rejecting claims filed on behalf of injured or ill workers to the state’s workers’ compensation...
[caption id="attachment_24831" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] As Washington enters a statewide lockdown on Nov. 17 to curb a record spike in coronavirus cases, employers will face new restrictions and come under extra scrutiny to ensure that workers...
The Seattle City Council, which often prides itself as a defender of workers’ rights amid one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., might look totally different after Nov. 5 general elections. All seven of the Council’s district seats are on the ballot but only three incumbents are runni...
While a certain level of workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can take a dangerous toll on a workers’ health. Excessive workplace stress is often caused by a work-related injury or illness; fear of being laid off; working more overtime hours due to staff cutbacks; sexual harassment or work...
Reports of an in increase in consumer spending provided more good news for the U.S. economy and boosted stocks on Friday as Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998.  In February, consumer spending rose by the highest rate in seven months – 0.8% – prompting economists to boost their...
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in four years, strengthening evidence that our job market continues to improve.  The Department of Labor also confirmed that the U.S. economy grew by 3% in the fourth quarter of 2011. From December through Febr...