Workers’ Compensation Tips #1

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Workers’ compensation issues can be complex. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions people ask about workers’ compensation. We will post more tips in future installments of this series. For more information, see our extensive frequently asked questions page.

What if I get injured on the job but I’m not sure I want to file a worker’s compensation claim?

If you sustained an injury on the job, make sure to document this injury in writing and notify a supervisor right away. It’s important to take these steps even if you aren’t planning to file a workers’ compensation claim! Sometimes, a tweak or strain you sustained on the job may not seem serious at first, but if you document the injury in writing and notify a supervisor, you protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim in future.

What is an “attending physician”?

If you have an open workers’ compensation claim, you are required to have a doctor who is in charge of coordinating all your medical treatment, called an attending physician (AP). The attending physician is very important to your claim, and will make many critical decisions relating to your recovery and your workers’ compensation benefits.

Do I have to pay a lawyer to represent me?

No! Under Oregon Workers’ Compensation laws, a lawyer can’t charge you for working on your case. An attorney is paid if they help you access further benefits on your claim. Depending on your case, your lawyer will either be paid a percentage of the increased compensation afforded, or the insurer will be required to pay your lawyer a fee.