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August 23, 2019

What is the difference between the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA)?

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As a state agency, L&I administers the workers’ compensation fund and makes decisions on what benefits should be provided to an injured worker.

Also a state agency, the BIIA is completely independent and separate from L&I.

The purpose of the BIIA is to review decisions made by L&I after an appeal is filed by interested parties such as an injured worker or an employer, for instance. The Board operates like a court to make decisions on appeals.

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