Workers Compensation PTD

The Challenges Associated With Obtaining Workers’ Compensation for PTSD

There are approximately eight million adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States at any given time. It is estimated that between 7 and 8 percent of the population will be afflicted with PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD has long been associated with members of the military exposed to traumatic events during combat, but it …

I Hit a Cyclist with My Car

No One Wants to Say or Hear, “I Hit a Cyclist with My Car”

More than 66 million bicycle riders take to the streets, parks, and roads annually throughout the U.S. to reap the health benefits and enjoyment that riding offers. A large segment of the population, approximately 800,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, rely on bicycles to commute to and from work. An increase in people riding bicycles for pleasure or for commuting …

OSHA

What Role Does OSHA Play in Workers’ Comp Claims?

Workers’ compensation programs exist throughout the country to assist individuals injured in work-related accidents to obtain medical care and lost earnings while recovering from their injuries. Administered at the state level, these programs developed as an alternative to forcing injured workers to file lawsuits against employers to obtain reimbursement for medical care. Through the years, one federal agency, OSHA, has …

Property Owner Liability When a Slip on Ice Causes Injury

There is a TV commercial for a national pizza chain showing a customer slipping on ice as he and his dinner go crashing to the ground. A voiceover reminds customers they can return a damaged pizza to the store for a replacement. While it’s nice to know that your dinner is easily replaced if you slip on ice, the physical …

A Psychological Injury Could Entitle You to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A hand mangled by machinery and lungs damaged by inhaling toxic fumes are the types of injuries people usually associate with a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Psychological injury, perhaps associated with work-related stress, might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Because workers’ compensation laws differ from one state to another, your ability to claim psychological injuries …

Roundabouts: Safer or the Cause of a Different Class of Accidents?

Statistics proving roundabouts to be a safer and more efficient method of controlling traffic flow at intersections is one of the reasons more drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists encounter them as they travel through Oregon. It is difficult to argue with a 78-82 percent reduction in intersection accidents resulting in serious injuries or loss of life, but a close look at roundabout …

It’s Crucial to Train Staff on OSHA & HIPAA Compliance

Facilitating access to medical treatment for an injured worker is the goal of workers’ compensation laws in Oregon and other states. Employers and their administrative staff must know their role in the process and procedures associated with a worker filing a claim due to a work-related injury or health issue. It is also important for them to be aware of …

Woman holding her neck after a car accident

Difficulty Proving Marijuana DUI Also a Challenge in Personal Injury Claims

Oregon became one of only three states, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana in 2015. State residents can have up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana leaves or flowers in their possession. As other state governments consider following Oregon by legalizing marijuana, laws governing personal injury claims and those prohibiting driving while …

Workers’ Comp Drug Testing: What’s Legal?

Drug screening has become a fact of life for many workers in the U.S. For some occupations, such as drivers of commercial vehicles, it is a requirement of getting and keeping the job. After all, knowing the driver of a tractor trailer speeding along the highway has been screened for drug use makes sense from the perspective of keeping the …

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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 …