Workers' Compensation in Springfield, OR

Question: The Oregon workers’ compensation system is very confusing,almost like a foreign language. Can you help me to understand it?
Answer: Yes, I can. Your perception about the system is correct and shared by many people. The workers’ compensation system has a language that is very specific. Many of the words used in the system have definitions that differ from common definitions. If you don’t understand the words, you canend up in legal difficulties. I will explain the workers’ compensation system to you.

Question: Many of my friends have recommended that I hire an attorney. Id on’t want the insurance company to take advantage of me. Should I be worried?
Answer: Yes, you should be concerned. The insurance company is not thereto represent your interests. The insurance company will determine whether to pay your medical or lost income benefits. If the insurance company decides to resist, delay or short-change the payment of your benefits, how will you fight back? Who will protect your family’s interests? How will you know if you are missing something important? Find out by consulting an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Question: Will I need money to hire an attorney?
Answer: No. The Oregon workers’ compensation law allows you to hire an attorney on a contingent fee basis. That means the attorney gets paid if he or she obtains a benefit for you. The attorney is investing his or her time and energy in the shared goal of getting you a positive result.

Question: Do more experienced attorneys cost more?
Answer: No. All the attorneys who represent workers are paid under the same rules established by the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board. The percentages and upper limits on fees out of compensation are the same for new and experienced attorneys. You can obtain the services of an expert attorney for the same cost as for a less skilled attorney.

Question: What will happen to me and my family if I can’t return to my regular job?
Answer: While every injured worker hopes to heal sufficiently to return to his or her regular job, some do not. There is only so much a surgeon, a rehabilitation physician, or a therapist can do. Your concern is one I encourage every worker to think about and work on even if it looks like a full recovery is possible. At what point will the job become too physical, too competitive, and too difficult to perform day after day? There are a venues for retraining or finding less physically demanding work. I talk to workers about new vocational goals and Preferred Worker options.

Question: My doctor seems to be distant and unconcerned about me or says he doesn’t like the hassle of workers’ compensation cases. What can I do?
Answer: The Oregon workers’ compensation law allows you to change doctors. How will you know who the best doctors are for your particular medical problem? Experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can provide some recommendations.