Workers Compensation Attorney Albany
Worker’s compensation insurance is meant to protect employees who find themselves having sustained an injury while on the job; the law allows for coverage of the employee’s medical expenses and will even supplement a portion of the employee’s wages until such time that he or she can return to their job. While this sounds simple enough, in Oregon the worker’s compensation laws have grown to be so complicated and overwhelming that most employees decide they need help from an experienced attorney to file for their worker’s compensation benefits. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve we support clients in all manner of worker’s compensation cases. This can include; medical care disputes, indefinite disability determinations, denied and accepted claims, and vocation assistance benefits.
What you might not realize is that from the time that you file your claim for worker’s compensation, you are no longer dealing with your employer but rather with the insurance company that your employer has hired to manage their worker’s compensation insurance coverage. This may be a disadvantage to you because while your relationship with your employer might be terrific, you are just a liability to the insurance company and their objective is to pay you the least amount of money possible. The law firm of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve understands the approach that insurance companies take in negotiating settlements and we are dedicated to protecting our clients from these tactics. Fighting for the “little guy” and standing up to the big insurance companies is exactly the reason that Shlesinger & deVilleneuve specialize in worker’s compensation law. We want to make sure that you are treated fairly and secure the settlement you deserve!
Oregon worker’s compensation laws are driven by stringent time frames that must be adhered to. There are very specific rules and guidelines that, if not followed, will jeopardize your chance of ever receiving benefits. The team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve is well versed in all worker’s compensation stipulations and will help you navigate each one. You are our priority and we will work to keep you informed and keep your case compliant with all requirements so as to improve your chances of receiving benefits. Call us today and schedule your complimentary consultation. We will gladly discuss with you the circumstances of your case. Our worker’s compensation fees are contingent on us securing benefits for you; we will not take payment unless your benefits are approved.
Filing a Claim
As soon as you have been injured it is important to notify your employer and seek medical attention. Provide the medical practitioner with as clear and accurate of a timeline as possible. Review their notes about your visit prior to leaving their office and make sure what they have documented is accurate.
If your initial claim is denied you will be given 60 days to file an appeal; this timeframe is critical; if you do not file your appeal within 60 days you could jeopardize your chances of ever receiving benefits.
Notice of Closure
In the event that your claim is closed you will most likely receive a notice of partial benefits. You have 60 days to file an appeal. If you do not file an appeal within 60 days, the decision may be finalized and you will be unable to receive the full award.
Medical Service and Vocational Retraining Disputes
In an effort to save money, insurance companies are rarely willing to approve necessary treatments or surgeries for worker’s compensation claims. An applicant has 60 days to appeal these decisions.