THE IDAHO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
The Idaho Industrial Commission is a state administrative agency with its main office located in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Industrial Commission serves a number of different functions for the citizens throughout Idaho. For injured workers in Idaho and the lawyers at Goicoechea Law Offices, LLP, the most important function of the Idaho Industrial Commission is its central role in Idaho’s workers’ compensation cases.
The Idaho Industrial Commission is charged with resolving disputed workman’s compensation cases. The Adjudication Division, the Compensation Division, and the Rehabilitation Division are focused, at least in part, on protecting injured workers. Each of the three divisions focuses on certain aspects of a workers’ compensation claimant’s claim for benefits.
The Idaho Industrial Commission Adjudication Division:
- Ensures the timely processing and resolution of disputed workers’ compensation claims and medical fee disputes;
- Holds hearings (similar to civil court) to determine the compensability of workers’ compensation claims; and
- Provides an alternative method resolving workman’s compensation cases through mediation
The Idaho Industrial Commission Compensation Division:
- Ensures that workers’ compensation benefits are paid properly and timely; and
- The benefits an attorney seeks to recover on behalf of an injured worker in a workers’ compensation case may include: medical benefits; temporary total disability benefits (lost wages); permanent partial impairment (permanent damage to the body); disability (decrease in wage-earning capacity); retraining; and attorney fees for an unreasonable denial of benefits.
The Idaho Industrial Commission Rehabilitation Division:
- Assists injured workers to return to employment that is compatible with their postinjury physical condition in a job that can replace all or part of a worker’s preinjury wage.
While the Idaho Industrial Commission has been charged with policing the insurance companies that write workers’ compensation insurance in the state of Idaho, the Commission is unable to ensure that each injured worker receives the benefits to which he or she may be entitled.
Some examples of insurance companies that write workers’ compensation insurance in Idaho include: Idaho State Insurance Fund; Liberty Northwest Insurance Company; Associated Loggers Exchange; Workers Compensation Exchange; Advantage Workers Compensation Insurance Company; Sentry Insurance; and many others. What is more, some employers are self-insured.
IDAHO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OFFICES
The Idaho Industrial Commission has offices throughout the state of Idaho. Each office serves the city where it is located, as well as the surrounding area. The attorneys at Goicoechea Law Offices, LLP, are focused on serving Idaho’s injured workers from Riggins to the Canadian border. There are three Idaho Industrial Commission Offices between Riggins and Canada:
Lewiston Idaho Office
1118 F Street
The Lewiston office houses the Industrial Commission Rehabilitation Division and is the location of hearings for much of North Idaho. You can expect your workers’ compensation hearing to be held in Lewiston if you live in any of the following cities: Lewiston, Moscow, Lapwai, Orofino, Kamiah, Kooskia, Pierce, Weippe, Troy, Potlatch, Grangeville, Cottonwood, Craigmont, Kendrick, Juliaetta, Genesee, and other outlying areas.
Coeur d’Alene Idaho Office
1111 West Ironwood Drive, Suite A
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
The Coeur d’Alene office of the Idaho Industrial Commission houses the Rehabilitation Division and is the location of hearings in North Idaho for workers’ compensation claimants in cities like: Coeur d’Alene; Post Falls; Hayden Lake; Rathdrum; Dalton Gardens; Kellogg; Wallace; Spirit Lake; Blanchard; and other surrounding towns.
Sandpoint Idaho Office
2101 West Pine St.
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Sandpoint’s Idaho Industrial Commission office is home to the Industrial Commission Rehabilitation Staff in the far north. Workman’s compensation hearings are also held at the Sandpoint office for injured workers living in places like: Sandpoint; Kootenai; Ponderay; Bonners Ferry; Naples; Clark Fork; and the surrounding area.
GOICOECHEA LAW OFFICES
The attorneys at Goicoechea Law Offices, LLP, have handled cases against the insurance companies that insure nearly all of the employers in Idaho. Our lawyers work closely with the Idaho Industrial Commission on disputed workers’ compensation claims to ensure that injured workers obtain the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
The Idaho Industrial Commission’s web page is available at: www.iic.idaho.gov
If you need more specific information, or would like to talk with a lawyer, call our attorneys at Goicoechea Law Offices, LLP, toll free — 800.255.4134 — for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your Idaho workers’ compensation claim.