Q: I suffered an injury to my knee while working in Tri-Cities. I have continued to treat with my local doctor and have not been able to return to work. My husband’s employer wants to transfer him to California. What will happen to my claim?
A: The Department of Labor and Industries is more than equipped to handle situations like yours. Often, following an injury here in the State of Washington, an injured worker moves elsewhere. You will not be denied benefits simply because you no longer live here. In fact, recently the Department of Labor and Industries established a unit for handling claims specifically for people who live outside the state. I would suggest you ask your doctor to make arrangements for you to be referred to a physician of his choice in your new location. Should the Department of Labor and Industries deny access to further benefits or terminate your benefits, you will probably need to contact an attorney here in the State of Washington. This is because Worker’s Compensation benefits are different in each state.