What Types Of Compensation Are Available?

If you go to the doctor with an injury, you may be asked if it occurred at work. That's because special reporting obligations apply due to the state-managed workers' compensation program (L&I). You likely have questions about what benefits are available to you through this program, and it is best to ask those questions of an attorney with experience in workers' compensation law.

At Putnam Lieb Potvin Dailey in Olympia, our lawyers are passionate about helping workers receive compensation for work-related illnesses and injuries. With over three decades of legal representation and advocacy for injured workers, we have earned a reputation as a premier personal injury and workers' compensation law firm in the area.

Workers' compensation benefits include:

  • Time-loss: Partial wages paid when you are unable to work, or only able to work part time because of your injuries
  • Permanent partial disability (PPD): A monetary award paid when your claim closes based on your level of permanent physical limitations, such as nerve damage, decreased range of motion, amputation or other loss of anatomic function
  • Job retraining (vocational benefits): For when you are unable to return to a previous line of work because of your injuries
  • Pension (permanent total disability): For when you are unable to return to any employment (even with retraining) because of your injury

Can I Sue My Employer?

Due to Washington regulations, you generally cannot sue your employer or coworker if you've been injured at work. You can, however, claim the following benefits under workers' compensation:

  • Medical treatment and mileage reimbursement for a work-related injury or illness
  • Wage compensation
  • Permanent disability
  • Job retraining and work placement services

As a personal injury and workers' compensation law firm, Putnam Lieb Potvin Dailey has the breadth and depth of experience with the law to aggressively defend your right to workers' comp benefits. We will thoroughly review your situation and can provide legal planning and strategy to pursue all benefits available in your situation.

What If Defective Equipment Caused My Injury?

If defective equipment at work caused your injury, you might be able to file a third-party liability suit, which involves a workers' compensation claim against the employer and a personal injury claim against the at-fault manufacturer, or serviceman. We regularly pursue these types of cases for our clients, which can result in additional financial compensation on top of workers' comp benefits.

Find out how workers' compensation benefits can work for you. Contact Putnam Lieb Potvin Dailey via our online contact form or call us at 360-596-9539 or 877-551-2871 today. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your situation.

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