It is important to know that you, your employer and your doctor all have the right to protest any decisions made by the Department of Labor and Industries about your claim.

The Department must receive a written protest within 60 calendar days of the date the decision was received (15 days for decisions about vocational benefits). If the Department does not receive a written protest by this time, the decision is final.

It is important to not wait to meet with an experienced injury attorney about your claim. Protests often require a review of medical records and a consultation about the facts of the case.

The Workers’ Compensation attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno can help your claim. For a FREE Consultation with our attorneys, call (360) 736-1301.

To protest a decision:

  1. Find the name of your claim manager on your L&I correspondence.
  2. Write a letter to the claim manager stating why you disagree with a decision. Include in the letter:
    • The nature or type and date of L&I decision.
    • Reminder: this must be within 60 days.
  3. If L&I has closed your claim, include information from your doctor or health-care provider:
    • An outline of your current medical condition
    • A description of your treatment program and current prognosis
  4. Write your name and L&I claim number on all pages of the written protest.
  5. Send your letter of protest, either online through Claim & Account Center, or by mail:
    • Claims Section, Department of Labor & Industries, P.O. Box 44291, Olympia, WA 98504-4291

If your protest is timely, L&I will issue another decision that modifies, reverses or reaffirms the original decision. If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal to the BIIA.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 or E-mail us at [email protected].