Event Details

Reopening Workers' Compensation Claims

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
9 a.m.


To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
Meeting ID: 936 165 5337

To join by phone (audio only):
1-253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)
Find your local number: https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/u/kdFrdfe0fg

The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.

L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2023.

Public hearings held virtually have proven effective in allowing greater public access, eliminating the burden of physical travel, and maintaining public safety. Accordingly, this public hearing will not be held in person.


The purpose of this rulemaking is to implement the requirements of Substitute House Bill 1902 (SHB 1902) which amended RCW 51.28.040, Application for change in compensation. SHB 1902 allowed reopening a worker’s compensation claim up to 120 days prior to receipt of the application when certain criteria are met. The proposed rulemaking is amending WAC 296-20-097 to make the rule consistent with the statute and changes the amount of time L&I or a self-insured employer can pay time-loss and treatment benefits prior to the date the application to reopening the claim is received by L&I or a self-insured employer. L&I and a self-insured employer can consider setting the effective date from 60 days up to 120 days when certain criteria are met. Allowing the date to be set beyond 60 days up to 120 days may result in additional time-loss or medical benefits.