Workers’ compensation provides benefits for individuals who suffered a work-related injury. These injuries include those that occurred immediately, that develop over time, that happen on the work site, or that happen while carrying out company business. Often, the injuries require treatment that results in unexpected medical bills or requires the individual to be out of work, resulting in lost wages. If you suffered a work-related injury, call a workers’ compensation lawyer who can help you understand your rights and obligations.
Going up against insurance companies can be time-consuming and frustrating, requiring constant back and forth to negotiate a fair settlement for your case. Instead of taking on this hassle yourself, let our Salem workers’ compensation lawyers at The Gatti Law Firm handle the process for you. Our skilled attorneys have decades of experience handling workers’ compensation cases and are not afraid to take on insurance companies on your behalf. You deserve to be justly compensated for your medical expenses and lost wages.
For help with your workers’ compensation claim,
call The Gatti Law Firm at (503) 543-1114.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
A workers’ compensation claim can be filed if you suffered an injury at work or while carrying out work business while off company property. For example, you could fall at work and sprain your ankle, or you could be injured while driving a company vehicle. In both cases, you need to report the incident to your employer immediately to begin the claims process.
You may also be able to file a workers’ compensation claim for injuries or illnesses that developed over time because of the nature of your job. For example, certain repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and lower back pain could have developed while carrying out repetitive job duties. Similarly, certain diseases such as cancer can develop as a result of continual exposure to toxins or contaminants on the job.
The Workers’ Compensation Process in Oregon
If you are injured on the job, take the following steps to begin your claim:
- Notify your employer as soon as possible
- Fill out the employee portion of the 801 reporting form (your employer should have this form)
- Have your injury treated by a health care provider (be sure to tell them it is a work-related injury)
- Fill out the 827 reporting form with your health care provider (this form gets sent to the insurer, so it must be filled out correctly and completely)
After the insurer receives the 827 form, they investigate your claim and have 60 days to accept or deny it. If your claim is accepted, your employer’s insurance will pay for medical expenses related to your work injury.
However, if the claim is denied, you will be responsible for paying for your expenses. You have 60 days to appeal the decision. If the Hearings Division upholds the decision to deny your claim, you can request a hearing for your claim. A knowledgeable attorney can help you through the hearing process so you can get compensation for your expenses.
Helping You Navigate the Complex Claims Process
Our skilled Salem workers’ compensation attorneys can help you navigate the complex process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. We can help you with completing forms, meeting deadlines, and negotiating with insurance companies. Our lawyers work closely with you to help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and lost wages.
Call The Gatti Law Firm at (503) 543-1114 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation for your workers’ compensation claim.