State of Washington Classified Job Specification
WORKERS' COMPENSATION ADJUDICATOR 3
NOTE: Level 3 complexity factors are determined by the Labor and Industries claims assignment system matrix.
Evaluates and authorizes or denies requests for medical treatment, surgery, diagnostic studies, transfer of physicians and reimbursement of claimant's travel expenses;
Responds to telephone and written inquiries from physicians, employers, claimants and attorneys regarding a claim's status and the department's rules and regulations; composes medical examination and investigation assignments and legal orders;
Reviews decision, claims files and examines medical reports to determine permanent partial disability; authorizes and processes appropriate awards, receives, reviews and authorizes or denies requests for lump sum payments and advances on permanent partial disability awards;
Makes decisions on requests for reopening of claims; reviews and investigates requests for accident fund benefits received after statutory time limitation and recommends appropriate action to the agency Director;
Establishes case reserve by estimating the cost of each claim; resolves disputes between employers, attorneys and the department regarding case reserve amounts;
Determine need for vocational services; approves or denies formal plans on vocational services;
Adjudicates protests to determinations made regarding entitlement to benefits under the Industrial Insurance Laws;
Performs other related work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: Exercise mature judgment in adjudicating disability claims and counterclaims from disabled persons, physicians, employers, third parties and other persons and personally make lawful and equitable determinations regarding eligibility for benefits under the law; write clear, concise, accurate and informative correspondence and reports; establish and maintain effective customer relations and working relationships with claimants, physician, fellow employees, and the general public; compare past records, past and present law, Industrial Insurance Appeals Board rulings and higher costs, and compute valid lump sum payments for past unpaid time loss accurately; abstract pertinent medical psychiatric and other clinical information from hospital and Labor and Industries records.
A Bachelor's degree
One year of experience in adjudication of time loss payments in a worker's or crime victims' compensation insurance program.
Two years of experience in adjudication of time loss payments in a workers' or crime victims' compensation insurance program.
Experience in claims/insurance adjusting, claims investigation, paramedical occupation, or related field will substitute, year for year, for education.
Class Specification History
Revises minimum qualifications Effective December 22, 1970
Revised October 12, 1979 Revises definition, minimum qualifications and general revision
Revised April 12, 1985 Revises definition
Revised September 11, 1987 Revises definition and minimum qualifications
Revised May 1, 1990 Revises definition and minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics, title change (formerly Disability Claims Adjudicator 2
New class code: (formerly 47890) effective July 1, 2007