Washington State Supreme Court Sets New L&I Precedence

On July 14, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court added an additional day for injury claims to be reported. Previously, an injury claim had to be filed within one year of the day of injury; the clock started on the day of injury. Now, the year to file an injury claim starts the day after the day of injury. The Supreme Court found that injuries had to be filed “within one year after the day upon which the injury occurred.” The Court determined that the legislature for filing an injury claim did not intend to include the day of injury in calculating the time for an injured worker to file a claim; the Court held that the one-year statute of limitations starts the day after the injury. Click here to read more about the case.