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Breaking Down Your Workers’ Compensation Rights in Oregon

If you get hurt on the job, regardless of who might have been at fault, you have the right to have your medical care and lost earnings covered through workers’ compensation in Oregon. You don’t have to sue anyone, including your employer, to receive benefits, but you do have to make your supervisor or someone else in management aware that …

How Workers’ Compensation is Adopting Technological Advances

Workers’ compensation as a system for dealing with injuries and illnesses related to employment activities is more than 100 years old. It has only recently begun to adopt new developments in technology. The initiation and processing of a claim made by an injured worker is generally a manual process, requiring the submission of forms and telephone calls to file and …

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The Myth of Hands-Free Devices and Distracted Driving

Most states prohibit texting while driving because it distracts a driver from concentrating on the task of safely operating a motor vehicle. Engaging in a conversation on a cellphone while operating a car is illegal in 14 states for essentially the same reason, but even in those states, talking with the use of a hands-free device is legal. Oregon and …

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Legal Claims and the Consequences of Social Media Posting

Judging from what you observe going on around you, it might seem as though everyone is on social media. According to studies, appearances might not be all that far from the truth. According to Pew Research Center, 69 percent of adults in the United States admit to using social media. It’s a pretty impressive statistic when you take into account that …

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Accident Victims: Be Proactive About Your Lost Wages Claim

When someone is injured through the negligence of another person or an entity such as a corporation or municipality, the attorney for the victim pursues a claim for compensation against the negligent party. The compensation can include reimbursement for lost wages resulting from the victim being unable to work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering …

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Inside Look: A Day in the Life of a Lawyer

It usually comes as a shock when people realize how many hours a week lawyers commit to their practices. A day in the life of a lawyer is anything but a nine-to-five routine with an hour or more for a leisurely lunch. Bloomberg View reported that an attorney at a large law firm works anywhere from 50 to 60 hours …

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Light Duty Work Restrictions: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Workers’ compensation laws are designed to make it easier for an individual who was injured due to a work-related accident or disease to receive medical care and be compensated for lost wages. The ultimate goal is to allow the worker to recover from the injuries and return to gainful employment. Questions can arise when an employee’s doctor places light-duty work …

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Protect Yourself Against Underinsured & Uninsured Motorists

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, you assume that your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages will be paid by the liability insurance company covering the driver who caused the accident. This common assumption is undoubtedly because 49 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory insurance laws requiring …

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Wrongful Death Settlements: Compensating Families for Their Loss

The death of a loved one is an emotionally devastating experience for the surviving family members. It can also have dire financial consequences if the family depended upon the deceased individual for support and financial assistance. When the death is caused by the negligence or intentional act of another person or entity, such as a business or government agency, the …

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Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries: Who Is at Fault?

Forget what you see on TV – slips, trips and falls are not a joke. Seeing someone slip and fall on a banana peel in a movie or TV show can be funny, but falling in a store can actually be devastating. Contrary to what movies and television portray, some victims of a slip, trip or fall might not be able …