Workers’ Compensation: Can Filing a Claim Put Your Job at Risk?

It’s common to have anxiety about how to pay for medical treatment while being unable to work due to a job-related injury. Most states now have workers’ compensation systems to ensure that a worker injured on the job doesn’t need to worry about being able to afford medical care and going without a source of income while recuperating. Instead of …

6 Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

Semi trucks, those tractor-trailer behemoths barreling down the nation’s highways, represent an integral part of a $700-billion trucking industry responsible for hauling 71% of the freight shipped in the U.S. They may be responsible for making the food and consumer goods available, but it’s hard to be grateful when an 80,000-pound, fully loaded semi truck bears down on your 4,000-pound …

Dog Bites: Being Compensated When Man’s Best Friend Attacks

Almost 90 million dogs live throughout the U.S. Your dog may be your trusted companion, but nearly five million people each year suffer injuries after being bitten by a dog. According to one study, the most common dog-bite scenario involves a child, but adults who ignore aggressive or defensive canine behaviors may also be at risk of getting injured during …

COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States increases daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of a million people are infected with the virus. Health care workers and first responders appear to be among those most at risk due to their daily exposure to patients infected by the disease. Claims for workers’ …

Remedies for Health Care Workers Injured on the Job

Our healthcare workers are on the front lines of some of the most important challenges in modern history. If you work in the healthcare industry, chances are you know how easy it is to suffer from an injury or illness related to your job. What may come as an unpleasant surprise is that working at a factory or construction site …

A Brief History of Workers’ Comp: How Does Oregon Compare?

Every state has some form of workers’ compensation system to provide benefits when an employee suffers a work-related injury or illness. Some states, such as Oregon, make it mandatory for most employers, while others states offer options. Complaints about complicated rules and regulations and endless forms to fill out, however, are  common no matter where you live. A look back …

What bicyclists should know about Oregon’s new Stop-as-Yield law

The popularity of bicycle riding as exercise and as an alternative to the family car for getting around town has resulted in states attempting to make streets more cyclist friendly by changing a few traditional rules of the road. As of January 1, 2020, bicycle riders in Oregon join riders in other states in not having to come to a …

What Happens When the Person Injured in an Accident Is Partially at Fault?

Accidents frequently happen through no fault of anyone other than the unfortunate victim — for instance, if they stumble over an untied shoelace and fall to the ground. Other accidents can occur because of the negligence or carelessness of a party other than the injured person. If a broken floor tile causes someone to be injured, for example, the negligence …

Workers’ Comp May Not Be Your Only Source of Compensation

If you have been injured at work, workers’ compensation offers easy access to the medical care you need to recover from your injuries and return to work. It not only pays your medical bills, but it also provides benefits to make up for the wages you lose by being unable to work. What you might not realize is that you …

Oregon Workers’ Comp For Employers and Workers

Employers recently got good news with the announcement from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services of a continuation in the seven-year trend of declining premiums for the workers’ compensation insurance they must carry. The department emphasizes that the savings for employers does not come at the expense of injured workers, who continue to have access to comprehensive medical care …