Labor And Industry

Labor And Industry Specialist
Labor and Industry, or L&I, is dedicated to the safety, health, and security of workers in the state of Washington. Drs. Steven Watson and Shannon Darrow of Watson Chiropractic are well-versed in the guidelines associated with the workers’ compensation system and serve to help you meet your needs. Call or go online to schedule an appointment and learn more at one of their three locations: Kent, Tacoma, or SeaTac, Washington.

Labor and Industry Q & A

What is Labor and Industry?

Labor and Industry, commonly referred to as L&I, is a Washington state agency helping employers meet safety and health standards. Dedicated to the well-being and fair treatment of workers in Washington, L&I governs the state’s workers’ comp system by providing medical and wage-replacement coverage to those who’ve endured work-related injuries or illnesses.

In hopes of achieving healthy and just work environments, the Labor and Industry staff is made up of employees such as:

  • Safety inspectors
  • Claims specialists
  • Nurses
  • Researchers
  • Accountants
  • Labor experts
  • Support staff

The agency aims to ensure fair treatment among workers and safe working environments.

How does L&I help Washington state workers?

Labor and Industry conducts many services for workplaces, including:

Protecting the health and safety of workers

L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health develops and enforces rules to protect workers from hazardous job conditions. The team also performs strict and consistent inspections to promote healthy work environments.

Ensuring medical care and financial help for injured workers

L&I claims managers supervise workers who become ill or injured on the job. They oversee benefits and work with health and medical professionals such as Drs. Darrow and Watson to aid those in critical need of medical attention.

Protecting workers’ wages, hours, and breaks

L&I safeguards employee wages and working conditions by enforcing laws and overseeing programs that ensure fair pay.

Protecting the public from unsafe work and economic hardship

The technical experts at Labor and Industry inspect buildings and homes and issue operating permits.

What kinds of workers’ comp claims does L&I help with?

Workers’ compensation claims make up a significant portion of L&I’s mission. Through the agency, workers in Washington can:

  • Find a doctor
  • Review information about rules, paperwork, rights, and responsibilities
  • File a claim
  • Learn about medical benefits, time-loss compensation, disability, and pensions
  • Protest or appeal a claim decision

These and other services give workers access to claim their rights for a fair and safe working environment. As L&I is their expertise, consulting with Dr. Watson or Dr. Darrow can clarify any questions or concerns you may have about your particular situation.

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