Washington Law Review


John Geisness


The Workmen's Compensation Act establishes funds for the payment of benefits to workmen injured in certain industries, and to their widows and children in the event of death. It also defines a procedure for the assertion of the right to such benefits. Under that procedure, the Department of Labor and Industries is vested with original jurisdiction over all claims. The courts are strictly limited to review of questions already passed upon by the Department unless the Department is acting outside of the jurisdiction conferred upon it. The legislature itself may not override the statutory procedure and appropriate money from one of the funds to a workman. This article is one of a series of two which will be published on procedure under the Washington Workmen's Compensation Act. The second article, to be written by Lowell P. Mickelwait, will deal with the subject from the viewpoint of the employer.

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