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Interpreter Services

Interpreting for an injured worker or a crime victim is covered by L&I and does not require prior authorization. The doctor or vocational provider arranges interpretation services if they determine that the patient needs communication assistance.

Beginning July 30, health-care and vocational services providers may encounter a shortage of certified/authorized interpreters. This is due to a Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) rule that set new requirements for continuing certification. For more information, see this link.

Interpreter Lookup
Our online tool to help you find an interpreter.

How providers arrange services
Find out about types of interpretation services available to medical or vocational providers, how to arrange services, and how facilities manage services, including their special rules.

Being an interpreter
Find out how to become an interpreter, professional standards of conduct, how to bill, and fee schedules.

Need someone who speaks your language at your appointments?
If you are an injured worker or crime victim with an open L&I claim, you can have an interpreter at your appointments. Find out what services are available and what to expect.


Concerns about quality or possible fraud regarding interpreter services?
  • Call one of the following numbers:
    • 1-888-811-5974, Option 4 for Providers
    • 360-902-6847
Questions about L&I policy or rules?

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