If you have been hurt in an accident while on the job, you will likely face large medical expenses and lose income during the time you are unable to return to work. Workers' compensation is designed to help you cope with these costs, but the system can be difficult for an injured worker to navigate.
I am attorney Michael J. Orlando, and my law practice, Law Office of Michael J. Orlando, helps people in the Portland metropolitan area recover the workers' compensation benefits they need and deserve after a workplace injury.
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The following are some important steps to take after a work injury in Oregon:
Whether a knee injury after falling at the office or a progressive problem that results in constant wrist pain, the first priority is to get medical attention. Your health and safety are the most important considerations after any workplace accident. And delays in treatment can worsen a condition.
As soon as you are able to do so, report your injury to your supervisor.
This is important because your employer needs to know about any dangerous conditions in the workplace, and also because you will need to show documentation of your accident in order to claim benefits. Your employer may give you specific instructions, including telling you what doctors to see. Keep copies of all your emails or paperwork. You may need them later in the process.
Your employer should be able to provide you with the paperwork you need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need temporary or permanent disability benefits. You may also be able to claim benefits for lost wages.
In an ideal world, you could easily file a claim and receive the benefits you need quickly. Unfortunately, filing a claim is often complicated. Your employer's insurance company may try to deny your claim or try to get you to settle for less than you deserve.
At any point in the process, it can be a good idea to consult with a workers' compensation lawyer. Law Office of Michael J. Orlando, helps people with filing for initial claims and, when necessary, arguing at hearings and appeals.
Call my Beaverton office at (503) 626-6288 to get started with a free initial consultation. I handle cases on contingency, which means I don't get paid unless or until you do.