Worker Compensation Attorneys in Ashland OR
When you go to work each day, you expect that the area that you are working in is safe. You expect that your employer has taken the proper precautions to keep the area suitable for you to complete the tasks you are responsible for without injury. However, sometimes an injury at work will occur and that is when you are entitled to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Workers’ Compensation is a policy that your employer purchases from an insurance company. The policy is designed to provide benefits, to any employees who are injured on the job, that cover loss of wages, medical costs, etc. However, once you file a workers’ compensation claim, it is not between you and your employer, it is between you and the insurance company.
The insurance company does not know you as a person. They have not worked alongside you for years and learned about your family. They don’t know that you have been a committed and dedicated employee, and have never taken a sick day. The insurance company is only motivated to pay as little as possible on your claim, and therefore will look for any way make the process more difficult or, to deny your claim.
You need an advocate. Someone who has experience dealing with workers’ compensation claims and knows all of the tricks and strategies that the insurance company will try, so that your claim does not get approved. The dedicated attorneys at the law practice of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve have been successfully negotiating workers’ compensation claims for decades and we are dedicated to getting our clients the benefits that they are entitled to. As a matter of fact, we help nearly 1,500 Oregon residents every year to secure the workers’ compensation benefits such as:
- Medical Benefits. When you are injured on the job, you should not have to pay for the health services you receive as a result of your injury. Examples of health services are: doctors’ fees, hospital costs, lab and diagnostic fees, pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, surgery, office visits, mileage to and from health service location, etc.
- Benefits to cover Time Loss. If you lose wages because you are unable to work as a result of your on-the-job injury, workers’ compensation benefits may cover two-thirds of your average weekly income, based on the wages you accrued during the previous 52 weeks.
- Permanent Disability Benefits. If you cannot return to work in the full capacity of the job prior to your injury, you could be awarded a single payment amount, determined based on how significant your permanent injury is.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits. If you are still able to work but, not in the same capacity as you did prior to work, you could receive vocational rehabilitation benefits.
If you have been injured at work, regardless of how insignificant the injury might seem, make sure to receive medical attention immediately. Next, notify your employer in writing, and preferably with some kind of confirmation, about the injury and the circumstances under which it occurred. While your employer may have a specific for he or she wants you to fill out, it is not mandatory in order to notify them of the injury. Make sure that you keep a copy of any documentation that is exchanged between you and your employer.
Next, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Having an attorney who is experienced in managing workers’ compensation claims is essential to getting your benefits approved as soon as possible. After all, while you are home injured and the insurance company is dragging their feet, you are not receive any income and accruing a stack of medical bills. Our dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys have helped thousands of Oregonians secure the workers’ compensation benefits that they needed to make it through the tragedy, and we can help you too.