What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation pays for medical expenses resulting from an industrial injury or occupational disease. Workers’ compensation may also provide monetary benefits to supplement income lost as the result of an injury or occupational disease. Employees do not have to prove negligence on behalf of the employer to receive benefits. Additionally, employers are protected from lawsuits stemming from work related accidents or conditions. If the disability is permanent or results in death, additional benefits may be available to the employee and/or their spouse and/or children. In Washington State, Workers Compensation is governed by Title 51 of the RCW and Title 296 of the Washington Administrative Code.