How Long Can You Be on Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

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Workers’ Compensation can be vital to those who have suffered injuries in the workplace. It can cover expenses in connection with medical care, a portion of your lost wages while you spend time recovering, and the costs of ongoing medical treatment. If you were hurt on the job, you might be wondering the length of time these benefits will last. How long you can be on Workers’ Compensation benefits can vary.

What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Provide?

Workers’ Compensation benefits provide monetary payments to workers who have been injured during the course of their employment, or have been diagnosed with an occupational disease or illness, and are unable to work. They are also referred to in Washington as “L&I benefits” (short for the benefits provided by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries). Specifically, it covers approved medical costs and hospital expenses resulting from a workplace injury, as well as partial wage replacement if you are unable to work. It also provides for job retraining and compensates for permanent partial or total disability.

Permanent Total Disability (Pension)

This designation means that you are unable to work, or be retrained to work, due to your injuries or occupational disease. If you qualify for this type of disability, Workers’ Compensation benefits can continue for the rest of your life.

Permanent Partial Disability

Permanent Partial disability (PPD) results when you have reached a point where no further treatment is recommended by your medical providers, but your injuries are still symptomatic and ongoing. A rating exam is then performed to assess the level of permanent impairment based on objective loss of function for the allowed conditions.

Temporary Total Disability (Time Loss Payments)

Temporary total disability is a wage replacement benefit. It ends when you return to work or are found able to work.

Contact an Experienced Washington Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Obtaining L&I benefits can be crucial if you have suffered an injury in the workplace — but securing them can sometimes be challenging. It is essential to have a skilled Workers’ Compensation attorney by your side who can help you navigate the process and protect your rights. The Bellingham Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Robinson & Kole provide aggressive representation to injured workers throughout Washington State and strive to secure the best possible results in each case. We welcome you to contact us for a free consultation by calling 800.640.5616 or by using our online contact form. Se habla Español.