L&I Time Loss Compensation
If you’ve been injured at work and have an open L&I Claim for Workers’ Compensation, you have a right to L&I Time Loss Compensation.
If you are unable to work and are not receiving income due to your on-the-job injury, you may receive time loss compensation (or wage replacement) until you return to work.
Time loss compensation does not cover full wages, rather it is paid at a rate of between 60-75% of a worker’s wage just prior to injury (up to a set cap). The percentage range depends on the number of the worker’s dependents.
In addition, time loss compensation does not pay for the first three days of missed work following a work injury if these are the only days missed—L&I considers these first few days a waiting period.
Time loss compensation is typically paid twice per month and requires regular certification by the worker’s medical provider. Workers that miss a certification will not receive their time loss compensation payment for that period of time, although they can seek to receive it as back time loss if they can obtain and send certification at a later date.
Any worker receiving time loss compensation through a lawyer or law firm should ensure that they receive electronic payments, to avoid any delays in payment.
Finally, if you are entitled to time loss compensation, but L&I or the self-insured employer has yet to pay it, then you are entitled to what is referred to as “back time loss compensation.” Back time loss compensation simply means time loss compensation that went unpaid. Back time loss compensation, if approved, can be paid in lump-sum payments to make up for missed payments in the past.
If you believe you are entitled to time loss compensation or you are owed back time loss compensation that you were never rightfully paid, contact an experienced workers’ comp lawyer to discuss your options. A talented team of L&I attorneys can provide you your options at no cost and will tell you if they can take your case.