I Sustained a Work Injury, but I’m Unsure About Filing a Claim

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Work-related injuries can disrupt your life, leaving you with medical bills and lost wages. However, if you’re considering filing a workers’ compensation claim, it’s crucial to act promptly. Oregon imposes strict deadlines for filing such claims, and delaying could jeopardize your chances of receiving benefits. Here’s what you need to know:

Act Promptly to Protect Your Rights

If you suspect you’ve been injured at work, it’s essential to take immediate action. Waiting to seek medical attention or delaying the reporting of your injury can significantly undermine, or possibly nullify your claim. Notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible to initiate the claims process. Remember, the longer you wait, the greater the risk of facing obstacles in obtaining compensation.

Understand Legal Deadlines

Oregon’s workers’ compensation laws impose stringent deadlines for filing and appealing claims. Failure to adhere to these timelines could result in the denial of your claim. Consulting with an attorney early in the process can help ensure that you meet all necessary deadlines and protect your rights effectively.

Seek Legal Representation

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation claims can be daunting, especially when facing legal deadlines and negotiations with insurance companies. Having an experienced attorney on your side can significantly improve your chances of securing fair compensation. An attorney can handle all aspects of your claim, from initial filing to negotiations and appeals, relieving you of the stress and uncertainty of the process.

Consider Third-Party Liability

A third party is generally someone or some entity not employed by your employer. If your injury occurred on a third party’s premises or as a result of their actions, you may have additional avenues for compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can assess the circumstances of your injury and determine if you have grounds for a third-party liability claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

Do I Really Need Legal Representation?

While you may be hesitant to involve an attorney, it’s important to understand that workers’ compensation cases can be complex. Oregon law mandates contingency fees for such cases, meaning you won’t owe attorney fees unless your benefits improve. With the complexities of

Oregon’s workers’ compensation laws, having a skilled attorney by your side can be invaluable in securing the compensation you deserve.

Don’t navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation alone. Let us advocate for you and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve today.

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