Workplace Accident Injury Lawyers

Generally, in Washington State it is not possible to bring a claim against your employer for injuries caused by negligence. This is due to a rule established in 1911 barring direct claims against employers. This rule prevents employees from bringing a claim for pain and suffering and emotional distress against their employer. Oftentimes, a workplace accident injury involves other parties in addition to your employer. For instance, if you are injured by a forklift at work, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of the forklift. Similarly, if you are harmed at work due to inadequate maintenance of the premises, you may have a claim against the company that was hired to perform maintenance. It is also not always clear whether the at-fault party is considered your employer under Washington law.

If you are a temporary laborer who is “loaned” out to another employer, you may bring a claim against the host employer, because you are not considered an employee of the host employer. If you are working for a sub-contractor on a construction site, and the negligence can be attributed to the general contractor, you may have a claim against the general contractor since the general contractor is not considered your employer in Washington. Sorting through these issues is complicated and requires experienced counsel.

If you or a loved one has been injured at work, call us at 800.273.5005 or email our attorneys at to schedule a free lawyer consultation. For information about construction related injuries, visit our construction injuries page here.