Get Financial Support after You’re Hurt at Work

    The medical treatment and lost wages you get with workers’ compensation benefits immediately ease the stress of a life-disrupting job injury.

    You can rest, focus on healing, and feel more confident that you’ll have the financial resources to move forward with your life.

    In Oregon, most jobs are covered by workers’ comp. These are the only requirements to get benefits:

    • You’re an employee.
    • You were injured at work.
    • You developed an illness due to conditions at work.

    That’s it.

    But sometimes the system makes it harder than it should be.

    To prevent your employer or the workers’ comp insurance company from trying to reduce the benefits you get (to save themselves money), you need to start your claim the right way.

    Keep reading for the first steps you should take. And, get Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor to protect your workers’ comp rights.

    Our lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people in Oregon get through injuries, health problems and financial tough times.

    We have offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford. We help people injured in Oregon’s timber industry, health care industry, and any other kind of job. After you’re hurt at work, let us help you get on the path of financial recovery.

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    What to Do First When You’re Hurt on the Job

    The way you start your workers’ comp claim can make a difference in how quickly and how fully you receive the benefits you need to stay financially stable after an injury on the job.

    This is what you should do after you’re injured on the job:

    • Get the immediate medical care you need.
    • Tell the doctor your injury is from work.
    • As soon as possible, tell your employer that you were hurt at work.
    • Fill out an “Oregon Report of Job Injury or Illness Form” (Form 801).
    • Make sure your employer files your claim with their insurance company.
    • Talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer.

    You should talk to an experienced workers’ comp lawyer before you sign anything or make any statements to the insurance company about your job injury and your claim for benefits.

    With a lawyer, you have someone standing up for you if the insurance company denies your benefits, delays awarding you benefits, or grants some but not all of the benefits that you should receive.

    Our lawyers know how to handle insurance tactics, like saying your injury stemmed from a preexisting condition or concluding your claim without the most favorable settlement for you.

    Have us look at your situation to be sure your rights are protected. At Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor, it costs you nothing for an initial conversation.

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    What Does Workers’ Comp Pay in Oregon?

    The financial support that comes with workers’ comp can make a huge difference for you after the financial blow of getting hurt at work.
    The benefits include the following:

    • Medical care related to your injury
    • Prescriptions you need for your recovery
    • Continued care until you’ve fully healed or treatment can no longer improve your condition
    • Reimbursement for transportation to medical appointments
    • Time loss pay when you can’t work, which ranges from 60 to 75 percent of your past wages
    • Vocational assistance to retrain and return to the workforce

    Coverage for your medical treatment should begin immediately after your injury.

    Payment for your lost wages should start by 14 days after your employer officially gives notice that you experienced an injury forcing you off work. The checks then come weekly.

    But sometimes you need a lawyer to make sure the process keeps moving.

    You pay no attorney fee to start working with a lawyer. Don’t hesitate to claim all the financial support you need to hold on to the lifestyle you’ve built.

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    Have a Question about Workers’ Compensation?

    Getting hurt at work alters your life. Your head swims with questions. How will you stop your job injury from becoming a financial injury? How do workers’ comp benefits work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

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