Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Oregon
Getting injured on the job is something no one ever wants to experience. While the risk of getting hurt at work is always possible, there are protections in place that assist you in your time of need.
If you are hurt or become ill as a result of your work, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Oregon. It doesn’t matter who was at fault–so long as you are eligible you will receive compensation. This article briefly covers the eligibility requirements.
The Basic Criteria
There are four requirements you must meet before filing a workers’ compensation claim. They are:
You must be an employee.
The employer must have works’ compensation insurance.
The illness of injury must be work-related.
You have to meet the state’s deadlines for reporting the injury and filing the claim.
Starting the Claims Process
In the state of Oregon, reporting a work-related injury or sickness has a strict timeline. First, you must report the incident to your employer. Then, you will file Form 801, which will be submitted to the insurer. Filing a claim is the first step to receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Employees have 90 days to file a Form 801. At the same time, employers have five days after receiving notification of the injury to inform their insurer. It is illegal for employers to commit any action that might prevent their workers from filing claims.
The claims process can be daunting–especially if you have never had to do it before. You have rights and working with an experienced attorney can help you get the assistance you deserve. When filing for workers’ compensation benefits, it helps to have an attorney guide you through the process.