Instructions for Protesting an L&I decision

The injured worker, the employer and the health-care provider all have the right to protest L&I decisions. Instructions are the same for all:

  • Find the name and address of your claim manager on your L&I correspondence
  • Write a letter to the claim manager stating that you are protesting a decision (see attached example)
  • Include in the letter:
  • The nature or type of L&I decision.
  • The reason why you are protesting.

NOTE: If L&I has closed your claim and you have decided to protest, also include this information from your doctor or health-care provider:

  • An outline of your current medical condition.
  • A description of your treatment program and current prognosis
  • Write your name and L&I claim number on all pages of the letter.
  • Send your letter of protest to:
    Claims Section
    The Department of Labor & Industries
    P.O. Box 44291
    Olympia, WA 98504-2401

If the request is not received within 60 days of the date you received the order you are protesting, the decision becomes final (RCW 51.52.060).

If we receive it in time, 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 Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA).

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