Appeal a Claim Decision

Employers, injured workers and attending medical providers who disagree with L&I decisions may submit an appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) (

File your appeal in time

Submit your appeal to the BIIA as soon as possible. Legal time limits apply:

  • 60 days to appeal a claim decision or a payment decision.
  • 15 days to appeal a vocational determination.
  • 20 days for providers to appeal a billing decision.

How to submit an appeal

Your appeal should include:

  • Claim number and worker's name (make sure this information is on every page).
  • Date and description of the L&I decision or order.
  • Reason(s) for your protest (why you disagree with the decision).
  • Relief you are requesting.
  • Your name, address and telephone number.
  • City in which you would like the proceedings to be held.
  • Supporting information you consider important.

Submit an appeal online or by mail:

Additional information

RCW 51.52.050 (
Service of departmental action — Demand for repayment — Reconsideration or appeal

RCW 51.52.060 (
Notice of appeal — Time — Cross-appeal — Departmental options

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