How to Navigate Work-Related Injuries in Oregon
When you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim for the first time, you’ll likely have several questions. Depend on Mark Thesing to provide the answers you need and more. With more than two decades of experience, I’m well-equipped to guide you through the process, no matter the nature of your work-related injury. In Oregon, you can always count on prompt, personalized care when you retain my services.
How to Start Your Claim
It is suggested that you report your job-related injury or occupational disease to your employer as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to see your attending doctor for your independent medical examination (IME) as quickly as you can; in addition to speeding on your recovery, this step helps get your claim underway.
Once you report your injury to your employer, be sure you ask to fill out the 801 form if you want to file a workers’ compensation claim (for medical costs, lost wages, and permanent disability, if any). Filing a workers’ compensation claim is your right as an employee, and in the state of Oregon, you have 90 days to file.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities
Your employer must submit workers’ compensation claim Form 801 to their insurer within five days of being notified of your injury.
It is illegal for employers to do anything to prevent employees from filing claims. If your employer refuses to allow you to file an accident claim, contact an attorney immediately. The Office of the Ombudsman’s at 1-800-927-1271 can also help you start the claim in the event you encounter any obstacles.
If your employer does not have insurance, the state of Oregon will provide your workers’ compensation benefits.
Your Doctor’s Responsibilities
If and when you seek medical treatment for your injury, be sure to inform your doctor that you were hurt on the job. You and your doctor should complete Oregon Form 827. This action files a claim, as well. Medical providers must report job-related injuries to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer within three days.
Contact my office with questions or concerns about any work-related injuries you’ve sustained. Legal services are available for residents of Oregon.