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You Did Not Plan on Injury or Disability, But Now You Have Question About Your Oregon Auto Collision Injury Claim.

You are getting calls from two, three, maybe four claims adjusters.  You may be getting a lot of mail too, and not just from insurance adjusters, but the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, hospitals and doctors, and even attorneys soliciting their services.  There are forms to fill out, and medical releases to sign. 

  • Which forms and releases do you sign, and which do you ignore? 
  • Do you have to give a statement to the insurance adjuster? 
  • What about your car? 
  • What about lost income? 
  • What about the future? 

Don't make the mistakes others have.

We Have Answers

We have been answering the important questions about serious injury claims for a long time, and know that many insurance companies will try to resolve claims cheaply and quickly to avoid full responsibility. We also know the most common mistakes people make early in their claim.  Joe Di Bartolomeo has authored the Oregon Personal Injury Guide to help you avoid the most common mistakes made with a personal injury claim.  Claim your free copy and learn where you stand, but more importantly, how to avoid mistakes that can hurt your claim, and your future.

You may not have the kind of case a lawyer can help you with, or you may need someone on your side.  Either way, get the basic information you need to avoid the one fatal mistake on your claim, that not only affects you, but your family.

You Have a Denied Workers' Compensation Claim

"I have been working without back pain for "X" number of years, and they are telling me it's a 'pre-existing condition. " 

It sounds crazy, but it happens all the time. 

Private insurance companies decide your claim, and this system is nothing less than bizarre, and nowhere near fair. 

Oregon Workers' Compensation insurers need only a "legitimate doubt" to justify a claim denial, and that is not much. 

Even if your claim is accepted, the insurance company will often only take responsibility for some of your injuries.  This affects you, your family, and your future. 

You may be able to appeal your denial and win. 

You may be able to hold the insurance company accountable for all of your injuries. 

You may want to resolve your case with the insurance company, and take control of your future. 

To find out where you stand, Joe Di Bartolomeo offers his free book, Navigating the Oregon Workers' Compensation Maze.  The title is no mistake, and you can order your free copy here.

You Have a Denied Social Security Claim, And You Want to Know What To Do About It

Most people want to work, but some cannot.  Social Security Disability Insurance is not a hand-out, it is a disability insurance policy that you purchased from the federal government. 

Supplemental Security Income (also known as SSI) benefits are based on need, and disability, and available to those who did not work outside of the house, or have been disabled for several years. 

Proving "disability" does not mean proving you are an invalid, it means proving that you cannot work eight hours a day, five days a week, and do it consistently.

The appeals process for a Social Security disability claim can be brutal.  The state agencies reviewing the initial application ask for the same information over and over, but you have to wonder how closely, if at all, they are reviewing your application.  First time appeals, on the average, are denied nine out of ten times.  Wait time for a hearing date with a judge can exceed well over a year.

Proving your Social Security Disability claim is often complex, and involves medical evidence, medical opinions, and real life evidence of how your conditions affect your ability to work.  You may be facing an appeal, or you may be wondering if it even makes sense to apply. 

Get a basic understanding of the application process, your rights to appeal, and WHAT NOT TO DO. Joe Di Bartolomeo has authored The Social Security Guide.  This is a free book answers the basic questions, and provides critical information that can help you prove your claim early, and what not to do.  Claim your free book here.

We Do This Every Day

We help injured and disabled people in Oregon and Washington every day, and that is all we do.

We do not do wills and trusts, or represent insurance companies or banks. 

If you need legal help in other areas, we are happy to help you find the right fit, but if you have legal issues and questions about an injury or disability claim, call us.

You don’t have to go through this alone. At the Di Bartolomeo Law Office, we understand how frustrating and overwhelming it can be dealing an insurance company, the workers’ compensation system, or the Social Security Administration. Call us at 503-325-8600 in Astoria, or 971-327-4069 in Beaverton  to learn more about how we can help you get the best outcome possible on your claim.

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Joe Di Bartolomeo is a Washington and Oregon personal injury attorney.

The Makin' It Better Newsletter

The Makin' It Better Newsletter
  • We are proud to offer our free monthly newsletter, "The Making it Better Newsletter."  In it, we cover all the things and people that make this part of the world special, and once in awhile share an old family recipe!  We also share over twenty years of experience in providing "must know" information for people facing a serious Oregon or Washington injury claim, Social Security disability, and Oregon Workers's Compenation claims.

Oregon Workers' Compensation

Oregon Workers' Compensation
  • Oregon Workers' Compensation is an insurance benefit system for injured workers.  Unlike other workers' compensation systems, Oregon's is private, meaning that the same insurance company that pays your claim, decides your claim.  Even if your claim is accepted, you may not be receiving the benefits you deserve.  Learn about your options with a denied claim, and what happens when you receive a Notice of Closure.

    Oregon Workers' Compensation is supposed to provide injured workers access to medical care, lost income replacement, and compensation for lost earning capacity.  However, this system is not so simple.  Insurance companies routinely deny claims even where a treating physician states that the work injury caused a medical condition.  Sometimes, insurance companies will only accept responsibility for some, but not all of your injuries, which could limit your access to future health care.

    Know where you stand with your Workers' Compensation claim. Call us at 503-325-8600 to discuss your case.  We have offices in Astoria and Beaverton, and can meet with you in person at your convenience.  Under the Oregon Workers' Compensation statute, we earn a fee only if we obtain a benefit you were denied, or an increase in an existing benefit.  The State of Oregon must approve all attorney fees, and certain cases, we can even recover costs.

Truck and Car Collisions

Truck and Car Collisions
  • We have helped many Oregon and Washington families with their auto and truck injury claims, and know that the days following a car collision can be overwhelming.  You are dealing with adjusters, medical billing offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and even lawyers soliciting your services.  This is a full plate for anyone, but even more so when injured.  Learn more about the most important issues you face, and what mistakes not to make.

    You did not plan this, but you have questions, concerns, and decisions to make.  We can help you figure out where you stand, and provide valuable information on the most common concerns, including:

    • Do I need to talk to the other driver's insurance adjuster?
    • Do I need to sign releases for my medical records?
    • Do I need to give a recorded statement?
    • What about my car?
    • What claims do I have, and how do I make them?
    • What about the future?

     

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death
  • Losing a loved one is never easy, and there is no way to prepare for this kind of loss.  But losing a loved one because of another person's negligence or recklessness is unthinkable.  Emotions range from total grief, to anger, and even a sense of helplessness.  At the Di Bartolomeo Law Office, we are sensitive to our client's loss, but we also know that there is a job to do.  We are ready to answer the many questions you may have, like how this could have happened in the first place, and what can be done about it so some other family may be spared the same grief.  We also explain how our efforts can ensure that surviving family members are able to get the help and support they need to not forget, or get over this loss, but to move forward, and gain some sense of closure, and some sense of justice.

    Wrongful Death claims involve unique issues, including determination of the responsible party or parties, how those parties were at fault, or negligent.  Documenting the loss to the surviving family members involves calculating and proving the lost economic support from the lost family member would have provided, not only in terms of financial support, but the value of guidance to children and loved ones, and the value of the loss of a lifelong relationship.  This work is technical, but the loss we are documenting is not. 

Construction and Logging Accidents

Construction and Logging Accidents
  • Construction and Logging is dangerous work, and injuries are a reality.  Our clients tell us they never thought it would happen to them, but when it does, there are immediate concerns.We have helped injured loggers, roofers, metal workers and other trades people navigate their injury claim, whether it's an Oregon Workers' Compensation claim, or an Oregon Employer Liability Law claim.  Learn more about the common issues an injured worker faces with a serious injury claim, and how we can help.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability
  • Social Security Disability Insurance is not a hand out.  It is a disability insurance policy that you have paid into throughout your whole carrier, and is available to you if you are not able to work steady at any occupation in the national economy.  If you are over 50 years old, you may be disabled even if there is some work that you may still be able to do, depending on your past work and experience.  We are here to explain and help you with this complex system.  If you did not work outside the home, or have been unable to work for several years, you may also qualify for Supplemental Security Income, also called SSI.

Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall
  • Oregon slip and fall accidents are painful, and in many cases life-changing. From broken bones to lacerations, your body takes a beating when you slip on an unmarked hazard and fall to the ground. To get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and expenses, an experienced Oregon slip and fall attorney at the Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. will put you first and fight back against negligent property owners.

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