When you need a Oregon Workers’ Compensation Attorney or may benefit from having one
Chances are, if you are reading this, you have been hurt on the job and are having a problem getting the benefits you believe you deserve. Workers’ Compensation exists so you can receive payments for medical expenses and lost income when you are unable to perform your job due to an injury you incurred while on the job. The process can be complicated and goes beyond filling out some forms and then collecting payments.
You are entitled to benefits for injuries that occur on the job, whether you or your employer caused the injury. It is a “no fault” system and the laws involved are particularly complex. Passed by the state legislature, which is heavily lobbied by business and insurance interests, these laws frequently make claims difficult and expensive, as opposed to easy and low-cost. Originally, the legislature got employers to pay for insurance for on the job injuries and in return, employers were free from lawsuits by injured workers. Over the years, employers are still immune, but workers’ benefits have become eroded by further changes in the law.
What Workers’ Compensation Does For You
Workers’ compensation benefits encompass the following:
- Medical Treatment – Your insurance company pays for a doctor to treat you and get you back to work.
- Temporary Disability – If your doctor says you can’t work, you may be eligible for up to 66% of your normal wages while you are recovering.
- Permanent Disability – If you have a permanent limitation or restriction that affects your ability to work you may be eligible for permanent disability. This usually takes the form of a one-time payment.
- Vocational Rehabilitation – If you can’t return to your job at all, and your employer can’t accommodate you, you may be eligible for vocational assistance.
Workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated to evaluate. If you have questions, we can obtain your medical and claim records at no cost to you, and offer a free consultation to discuss your options.
What Happens if your Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied?
Don’t jeopardize your right to compensation by not responding to a denial within the legal time limit. Contact the Oregon Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Black Chapman Webber & Stevens today. We will appeal your denied claim and:
- Work with your physician to determine the amount of time off you need from work, and determine whether you are disabled and to what extent.
- Prepare your appeal with a thorough investigation to help prove the cause and extent of your injuries or disability.
- Attend your hearings and advocate for your rights.
However, strict time limits dictate this process and if you receive a denial letter or notice of closure, you only have 60 days to reply.
If your injury fits this criteria, it is critical that you contact an Oregon Workers’ Comp lawyer IMMEDIATELY. Strict “statutes of limitations” apply to most of these situations, so if you don’t act, you may LOSE your right to pursue legal action. If you would like a free, no cost, no obligation review of your current situation, please click here.