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Washington Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Washington

Washington Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured Washington workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Washington -

  • The injured Washington worker may choose any doctor who is qualified to treat the injury. They include: medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic and podiatric, physicians, dentists, optometrists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.
  • The worker may also get a second medical opinion if your claim manager approves it.

Washington Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • There is a three-day waiting period before TTD benefits can be paid. If they are out of work for more than 14 days, they will receive compensation for the first three days.
    • An injured worker's wage paid in a band between 60% and 75%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $185 and can be adjusted up based on marital and dependent status.
    • The weekly maximum monthly compensation is $4,472.10, 120% of the Washington state average monthly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is for the length of the disability.
    • Payments are subject to social security benefit offsets.
    • Note:
      • Current Washington state average monthly wage is: $3,726.75

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
      li>An injured worker's wage paid in a band between 60% and 75%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $185 and can be adjusted up based on marital and dependent status.
    • The weekly maximum monthly compensation is $4,472.10, 120% of the Washington state average monthly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is for life.
    • Payments are subject to social security benefit offsets.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • The Washington State PPD Benefits are somewhat complicated. As with all information on this site, please refer to the State website for up to date detailed information on this benefit. Here is a quick summary:
    • A percentage of an injured workers wage is not specified by Washington.
    • The monthly payment minimum is not set in statute nor is the maximum payment specified.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments is not set.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum amount is $149,116.
      • Payments are to be based on a percentage of the impairment and is limited when it exceeds 3 times the states average monthly wage. Statute indicates payment of a fixed amount as based on the percentage of impairment.


  • Washington Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

    • Washington rules indicate that if a worker dies, the surviving spouse and/or dependents may receive a pension.


    Washington workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

    • Attorney fees are allowd and capped at 30% per statute.

    More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

    http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/claimCBT/phase1.asp



    Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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