If you've been injured at work, we're here to help you on the road to recovery. We know how important it is, and how challenging it can be, to resume employment as soon as reasonably possible. We offer a wide range of work injury rehab services, and we can even coordinate with your primary caregiver to tailor a plan that is right for you.
We also realize that for many people, understanding where to start can be the most difficult part of work injury. For that reason, we've provided a number of helpful resources, specifically intended for of Washington state area patients. We hope the following information will help guide you through the often confusing process of receiving the care you need in a timely return to the workforce.
Injured? What you need to know
If you are injured at work or develop an occupational disease and your claim is accepted, workers' compensation (L&I or your self‑insured employer) pays for medical care directly related to your accident or illness. If you are unable to work following your injury, you may be eligible for a portion of your lost wages. Most important, L&I or your self‑insured employer may help coordinate a safe and timely return to work.
If your employer is self‑insured, your rights and benefit entitlement don't change, but who manages your claim and the process is different. Your employer, not L&I, handles your paperwork and pays for the claim.
About a third of all Washington employees work for self‑insured employers. Read A Guide to Industrial Insurance Benefits for Employees of Self-insured Businesses (F207‑085‑000) to better understand employee benefits.
Find out what steps you should take if you are injured on the job. Information about getting medical help, selecting your doctor and filing your claim. Check out what your doctor and employer should be doing.
Advice for working with your employer after an injury. Learn about your rights and responsibilities.
How to file a workers compensation claim with your doctor. Tips on filling out your accident report and following up with your doctor and L&I. Find out what your doctor and employers responsibilities are.
- Want to streamline your L&I claim? File online.
- Can't file online? File by phone: 1-877-561-FILE.
- If you work for a self-insured employer, file your claim directly with them.
Why You Should Return to Work
Know the top 3 reasons to work light-duty
- Continue to earn wages. Time-loss only pays 60-75% of your lost wages. Returning to work helps preserve your earning power.
- Recover faster. Being back in the workplace can improve both your physical and mental health.
- Keep your job secure. A continued relationship with your employer is important in this economy. Studies show that the longer you are off work, the harder it is to get back to your original job and wages.
We understand some injuries are so severe you can't go back to work right away. With most injuries, however, an early and medically-approved return to work makes sense.
Returning to work as quickly as possible is a team effort between you, your doctor, and your employer. Stay in touch with them. L&I will provide assistance when you need it.
Pamphlet: Getting Back to Work: It's Your Job and Your Future