According to the US National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, resulting in more than 4.7 million injuries annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) further reports that nearly 3.4% of the US workforce files a claim every year. Perhaps more startling, the BLS reported that in 2018 there were 3.5 workplace deaths for every 100 full-time workers in the United States.
The aftermath of an on the job injury can leave workers feeling overwhelmed with red tape, demands from the insurance carrier, and arguments over time loss and medical benefits. Many insurance companies fail to fully take into account the injured worker’s needs and instead focus on “cost containment,” which usually means closing the claim as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Many of Oregon’s injured workers are unfamiliar with their rights, and either go without benefits they are entitled to or accept settlements that do not fully reflect the value of their claim.
This quarter, Goin Law Group, an Oregon workers’ compensation law firm located in the Portland metro, discusses the importance of injured workers fully understanding their workers’ compensation rights.
Workers Compensation in Oregon
Oregon’s workers’ compensation system provides medical benefits, time loss, vocational retraining and even death benefits for dependents and spouses in the event of an injury or death sustained as a result of performing work-related activities.
Worker Rights in Oregon
According to the Goin Law Group, the following rights apply to workers in the state of Oregon:
Workers’ Rights Include:
- The right to file a workers’ compensation claim
- To not be forced by an employer to not file a claim
- To not be forced to work as an independent contractor, officer or partner to avoid filing a workers’ compensation claim
- To not be forced or coerced into saying their injury did not happen while working
- To have their claim be sent to the employer’s insurer by the employer within five days of being notified of the injury
- To seek medical treatment
- To return to their job at injury if released by a doctor to do so
- To disability (if partially or fully disabled as a result of the injury)
- To appeal a denial of their claim
- To be represented by an attorney
The Importance of Legal Representation: Portland Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workers injured on the job may be entitled to time loss or a permanent impairment award under Oregon state law. Yet, while injured workers may be legally entitled to these benefits, employers and insurance companies often pressure injured workers to return to work as quickly as possible. Workers’ physicians are also frequently pressured to release injured workers to regular duty or discharge them from care without a permanent impairment finding.
Individuals who feel like their employer or insurance company do not understand the severity of their situation, have failed to provide owed benefits, or are not supportive during their recovery should consider speaking with an Oregon workers’ compensation attorney to discuss their rights.
Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Clients Receive Maximum Benefits
The workers’ compensation claim process is not always as clear cut as it should be, with both employers and insurance companies sometimes unwilling to provide the full extent of benefits owed.
For those individuals dealing with a workplace injury, the last thing they need to worry about is paperwork, red time and court proceedings. An injured worker’s first priority should be their recovery.
Goin Law Group understands the challenge of dealing with an injury, rehabilitation, lost wages and medical bills all while trying to get back to “business as usual.” Nathan Goin has dedicated his practice to helping individuals and families navigate Oregon’s complex workers’ comp laws, and make sure they receive everything they are owed in a timely fashion.
Areas Served by Goin Law Group Include:
- Klamath Falls
- Coos Bay
- And surrounding areas
About Goin Law Group
Headquartered in the Portland Metro, Goin Law Group is conveniently located to serve the greater Portland, Beaverton, Salem and surrounding communities. Founded by Nathan R. Goin, an accomplished attorney, legal author, and legal trainer, the firm has dedicated its practice to ensuring workers’ rights are upheld.
Steadfastly committed to supporting workers’ rights and helping them attain maximum benefits and compensation under Oregon’s workers’ compensation system, Goin Law Group is known for its dedication, support, service and results.
Those interested in learning more about the Goin Law Group, or who would like a free consultation regarding their claim, are encouraged to reach out via its official website (www.GoinLawGroup.com) or by calling 971-229-4700.
Company Name: Goin Law Group
Contact Person: NATHAN GOIN
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Address:1579 Burns St.
City: West Linn
Country: United States