Quick facts about Washington state workers' compensation

  • You cannot waive your rights under Washington industrial insurance law.
  • You cannot be discriminated against for filing a claim.
  • You have the right to choose your attending physician within the Medical Provider Network.
  • You are entitled to a copy of your claim file.
  • If you disagree with a decision or order on your claim, you must file a written protest. Follow the directions on the order.

An important function of the Office of the Ombuds is to provide information about Washington state industrial insurance to self-insured injured workers. This page provides links to relevant publications and web resources.

Ombuds Report

2016 report to the Governor

2015 report to the Governor

2014 report to the Governor

2013 report to the Governor

2012 report to the Governor

2011 report to the Governor

2010 report to the Governor

2009 report to the Governor

Ombuds forms

Authorization form (English and Español)

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries publications and information

Guide to industrial insurance benefits

Claims discrimination

Claims Suppression Complaint form

Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) comment form

Listing of Medical Providers

Medical Provider Network Q&A

Self Insurance Program

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website

Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

The Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) is an independent Washington state agency that hears and decides appeals from decisions by the Department of Labor & Industries.

Structured Settlements

Information for the Self-Insured Injured Worker document that answers many questions regarding structured settlements.

PDFRole of the Ombuds in Structured Settlements