Workers’ compensation insurance provides many benefits for employees who’ve suffered from a work-related injury. If you or your loved one has suffered an occupational injury or illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. In the event of a workplace fatality, next of kin can bring a wrongful death lawsuit, as well.
At The Gatti Law Firm, our Eugene workers’ compensation attorneys can support you through the complex legal system of recovering compensation from your employer. Owing to our comprehensive understanding of the laws and regulations of Oregon’s workers’ compensation system, we have earned many favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients.
What Does Workers' Compensation Insurance Cover?
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to cover most injuries and illnesses caused directly by your job, including:
- Traumatic injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Chronic injuries
- Illness from exposure to toxic chemicals
- Occupational diseases
If you have questions about your workers’ compensation benefits or eligibility, contact our experienced lawyers. Call (503) 543-1114 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Whether or not your employer was at fault for the injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Permanent partial or total disability
- Aggravation rights
- Vocational rehabilitation
- For fatal workplace accidents, the surviving family can collect death benefits
Workers’ Compensation for Illnesses
In some cases, you can also obtain workers’ compensation for illnesses that have developed overtime as a result of exposure from your job. These types of illnesses can range from black-lung disease to asbestos. Many occupations are especially susceptible to specific diseases and illnesses, which is recognized by many states. Therefore, when these specific illnesses arise, there is often the option of pursuing workers’ compensation as a response to the medical expenses.
Unfair Claim Denials
Both employers and insurance companies are interested in their bottom lines: curbing expenses and gaining profits. To that end, it is common for workers to be denied workers’ compensation benefits, even when they’re eligible for them. Common tactics used by insurance companies when denying claims include denying the existence of an injury or downplaying the seriousness, or claiming you didn’t injure yourself on the job. If you find yourself having trouble standing up for your rights, or you are having difficulty paying medical bills, it is imperative to hire a qualified workers’ compensation attorney in Eugene.
We aren’t intimidated by big insurance companies. For proven legal representation, call The Gatti Law Firm today for a free consultation at (503) 543-1114.