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Drinking on the Job

Posted by Chuck Conrad | Oct 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Drinking on the Job

Does a worker have a valid L&I claim if he/she was drinking on the job and gets injured?

The answer is “yes” and “no” depending on how much the worker drinks.

In general, intoxication results in an invalid claim when the employee is so intoxicated he/she can't do their job.

  • If a worker drinks one or two beers he/she probably has a valid claim.
  • If the worker drinks 10 to 12 beers he/she probably does not have a valid claim.

See Gomez v. Dept. of Labor and Indus., 13 Wn.App.2d 1032 (April 2020).

This is not legal advice. Always consult an attorney.

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Chuck Conrad

“My riding buddies call me Chuck. I am a member of the Lone Wolf H.O.G. Chapter in Spokane, WA. I am an Army vet and I ride a 2013 Street Glide called “Gorgeous.” Riding is my passion and my freedom. If you are in need of a workers compensation lawyer, it would b...


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