Beaverton Worker Compensation Attorneys
Most Beaverton residents go to work each day and expect that the day will go smoothly. There may be some stress due to an approaching deadline or a hiccup in the project that causes mistakes, but for the most part, it is expected that the day will be unremarkable.
It is definitely expected that each member of the team will make it through the day safely, and without an injury. While some industries are more aware of safety concerns because of the nature of their work, even they don’t expect that an injury is going to happen.
It is expected that you go to work, do your job, earn your paycheck and then go home to your family and loved ones. It is expected that if you are injured while working on the job, that you won’t have to worry about your job, your paycheck, or the medical expenses that are racked up due to your injuries.
Unfortunately, accidents and injuries at work do happen and, they happen to Beaverton residents every day. What’s more unfortunate is that for many of these employees who are injured on the job, the process of applying for and receiving their worker’s compensation benefits is stressful, confusing, and unsuccessful.
Some of the benefits you could be entitled to are:
- Coverage of health care for any disability or harm sustained due to the injury
- Supplemental Income
- Occupational retraining fees
- Reimbursement for irreversible injuries
- Benefits for survivors of employees who are killed at work
If you have been injured while working on the job, you could be entitled to receive any of these benefits. However, you need a skilled and experienced worker’s compensation attorney on your side to ensure that your application makes it through the process.
While your employer carries the worker’s compensation policy, it is owned by an insurance company and, that means that an insurance adjuster is assigned to your case and is responsible for making sure that the policy pays out as little as possible.
There are strict timelines and requirements for getting a worker’s compensation claim approved for benefits. The process can be overwhelming and stressful for many people. Not only are you dealing with the pain and trauma of an injury but, you are worried about the financial future of you and your family.
Let the team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve fight against the insurance company on your behalf. We have successfully secured benefits for more than 95% of our clients during our four decades of service and, that number is only growing.
We know the intricacies of the worker’s compensation claim process, and we know all of the tactics that the insurance company will try. Call our office today to get your free legal consultation scheduled.
We will get started on gathering all of the bits and pieces that we need to put together a solid case on your behalf. Don’t worry about paying our fee, we work on a contingency fee basis so you will not be charged anything unless we win your case.
Filing a Claim
This process is driven by strict time limits. The claim must be filed immediately with your employer. There are many hurdles in Oregon when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Doing things by the book will help you pilot these challenges. Next, seek medical help promptly. Give the medical provider a thorough and specific explanation of the events that occurred and make sure to review their chart notes before leaving your appointment. Your case can be won or lost simply from the timeline that is given to and documented by the medical provider.
Notice of Closure
If your claim is closed, you might receive a notice permanently awarding partial benefits. This notice will report a strict timeline for submitting an appeal. If you get a denial notice you have only 60 days to reply. You need to act within this timeframe or you will lose the opportunity to appeal for an increase in benefits. For those who have received a Notice of Closure, don’t assume the insurance company will give you a fair amount of money. It requires a seasoned attorney to tackle this process and secure all benefits you are entitled to. It would be to your advantage to call all us now if you have received a Notice of Closure.
Medical Service and Vocational Retraining Disputes
Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a hurt employee to be denied needed medical interventions or vocational retraining. Insurance companies are hesitant to cover needed surgeries and care. Any notice denying coverage will always come with a strict timeframe within which to reply or appeal. If you receive a notice that your medical treatment is being refused or perhaps that you are not eligible for vocational retraining benefits – contact us immediately so that we can make this right!
Sometimes an employee sustains an injury at a job site that is controlled or managed by someone who is not their employer or co-worker. In this case, the worker may have grounds for a third-party claim, which is very similar to a personal injury claim. A third-party claim can possibly provide an additional source of reparation for an injured worked. As with most, these claims have a strict timeline within which to reply or to appeal. Time is of the essence, contact our office as soon as possible if you’ve been injured at work.
Settlement of a Workers’ Compensation claim is frequently a possibility. If you’re interested in seeking settlement of your Oregon Workers’ Compensation claim, you will need a serious attorney. The insurance company will likely only be looking out for themselves and their client – not you! Call us right away so that we can help you determine what your best course of action is.
There is a statute in Oregon that determines attorney fees for Oregon Workers’ Compensation cases. The way the fee is paid is dependent up the way the case is resolved. This means that if you do not receive a settlement or an increase in your benefits, you do not owe attorney fees.
Occasionally, your attorney will need to incur out-of-pocket expenses to build your case. This is especially true if you’ve been denied and your case is going to a hearing or to court. These expenses are not intended to pay for attorney or staff time, but will be used in furthering your claim to gain evidentiary tools such as copies of medical records and reports, expert witness testimony, court reporting, etc.
Oregon has strict timeframes regarding workers’ compensation claims. It is vital that you seek medical help and inform your employer of your injury immediately! Next, you should call our office not later than one week after the accident. We will help you to gather the information and data you’ll need and will provide you with guidance on how to proceed. When you contact our office you will hear back from one of our attorneys most likely that same day to schedule a free remote or in-person legal conference. Our fees for workers’ compensation cases are always contingent; we will not take payment until your claim is won!
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