Spokane workers’ compensation attorney Michael Thompson has the experience and skill to help you get the benefits you need after an on-the-job injury. For over 25 years, Mr. Thompson has represented injured workers’ who need the financial assistance offered by the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, which often requires the worker to prove their eligibility in the face of denials. His fellow attorneys respect his ability to successfully represent his clients in hearings and in court, and the Spokane press has acknowledged him as one of the city’s top disability lawyers.
Highly Rated Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Michael Thompson
The workers’ compensation laws and regulations in Washington State are intended to ensure that workers who are hurt on the job will have their care paid for without their having to sue their employer. If you cannot work for a period after your injury, the program may pay part of the wages you would have earned had you been able to work. Your doctor will help determine if you are eligible in part by certifying whether you are able to return to work, as well as deciding when you can go back to work.
Your employer has certain responsibilities as well, like seeing if you can handle another type of work while you recover. However, you may feel that the workers’ compensation system is not treating you fairly or you were unreasonably denied treatment or compensation. There are very unforgiving deadlines to timely appeal denials. It is recommended you retain an attorney to help fight for the benefits you legally deserve including if the Department is not following the recommendations of your own doctor.
Why Hire Attorney Thompson?
Mr. Thompson will discuss your claim with you and will be a straight shooter about the strengths and weaknesses of your claim. He may review your file free of charge if he believes after talking with you that he may be of benefit to you. He can work with your doctors, the Department of Labor and Industries, vocational counselors, and other parties involved, to obtain a successful outcome based upon the facts of your claim.
Michael will initially discuss your case with you free of charge. He can represent you at all levels of the administrative process, and if he has represented you at the administrative level, he can further represent you on appeal at all levels of the Washington State court system.