Understanding Employer Liability in Oregon
In the State of Oregon, worker’s compensation is considered a “no-fault” system. This means that there is no employer liability in Oregon and that you cannot sue your employers when you are injured at work, even if they directly caused your accident. However, if you are concerned about safety or hazards on the job site, then you should discuss it with your employer directly. If this does not resolve the issue and your employer continues to act in an unsafe manner, then you can file an OSHA complaint. Safety complaints can be submitted online at the Oregon Government website or by calling the Central Administration office toll-free at 1-800-843-8086.
If your employer does not have workers' compensation insurance, then the “no-fault” protection does not apply. In these circumstances, if the negligence of your employer caused your work-related injuries, then you can sue them directly. Contact my office to learn more about who is liable for a workplace accident and to see what recourse you have for your situation.
Injuries When Other Parties are at Fault
If your accident was caused by a third party other than your employer, then you have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against that party. To learn more about this option, contact my office, and we will discuss your situation in more detail.