A worker injured on the job or suffering an occupational disease is entitled to no-fault accident and disability coverage which is known as industrial insurance or, more commonly, as workers’ compensation. As a self-insured entity in Washington State, King County self-administers its workers’ compensation program. The county’s program is administered by the Human Resources Division Safety and Claims Management Section.
Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and may also cover a portion of wages lost while a worker recovers from a workplace injury or occupational disease. Upon the death of an employee due to a work-related injury or occupational disease, death benefits are provided to surviving spouses, state-registered domestic partners, and dependent children.