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Nobody Plans An Injury or Disability, And Now You Have Questions.

You are getting calls and letters from claims adjusters and attorneys. There are forms to fill out, medical releases to sign, and bills coming in the mail. Your friends and family may be offering advice on what to do next.  

We Have Answers:  Your Oregon or Washington Injury Claim

What forms and releases should I sign? 

The adjuster wants to take my statement?  Should I give one?

How do I get my car repaired or replaced? 

My doctor has taken me off work. What can I do about lost wages?

What about future medical expenses?

Get your copy of our free book, the The Oregon Personal Injury Guide, here.  This free downloadable book will help you avoid the most common mistakes people make with their Oregon injury claim, and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Five Important Facts About Your Oregon Workers' Compensation Claim

1. Learn why the insurance company may be denying your claim due to a  'pre-existing condition.

2. Find out if the insurance company only accepting  some of your injuries, how it affects your future, and what you can do about it. 

3. You have sixty days to appeal a denial, and you can learn how that works  by clicking here.

4. SETTLEMENTS.  Has the insurance company offered to settle your case, and should you?  Check out this article to learn how settlements work.

5. My claim has been closed.  What are my options?

You may also be concerned about medical bills, getting back to work, and the future.  To find out more, Click here  to order our free, downloadable book, Navigating the Oregon Workers' Compensation Maze. 

This book guides you through the complex world of the Oregon Workers' Compensation claims process to ensure that you are receiving the benefits you need.

Four Things To Know About Social Security Disability Claims

1. What does it really mean to be "disabled?"

2, Should I even apply for Social Security Disability?

3. My claim has been denied. Should I appeal?

4. How do I appeal my claim denial?

Click here to order your free copy of The Social Security Disability Guide. This book walks you step by step through the application process, and explains when you should appeal a denial, and why.

We Do This Every Day.

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

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, talk to 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.

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 Claims

Wrongful Death Claims
  • 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. 

Oregon Workers' Compensation

Oregon Workers' Compensation
  • Get Answers to Your Oregon Workers' Compensation Claim Questions

    Unlike other workers' compensation systems, Oregon's is private, meaning that the same insurance company that is manages your claim gets to decide whether to accept the claim in the first place. This is a confusing system.

    If you recently filed a claim, the insurance company has sixty days to investigate and decide whether to accept or deny your claim.  If the claim is not decided within that time, you can request a hearing with the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board.

    If your claim was denied, you will receive a denial letter, and you can file a request for hearing to appeal the denial.  You only have sixty days from the date of the denial letter.

    Even if you claim is accepted, there may be issues.  Many insurers do not take full responsiblity for the actual medical problems your on the job injury caused.  This affects other benefits, like medical care, disability payments, and job training.

    When your claim is closed, the insurance company issues a Notice of Closure.  This notice tells you about important rights, and explains your permanent partial disability.  The insurance company may have closed your claim too soon, or it may not be paying you full permanent partial disability benefits.

    What about settlement?  You are giving up a lot of potential benefits if you resolve your claim, so before you signany settlement agreements, find out where you stand..

    To learn more, check out our free book, Navigating The Oregon Workers' Compensation Maze.  It answers the most common questions, and helps you avoid the deadly mistakes that can kill your claim. Claim your free copy here.

     

     

Oregon Construction and Logging Injury Claims

Oregon Construction and Logging Injury Claims
  • Many of our clients tell us they never thought they would have to face the life changes a serious on the job injury brings, and are often surprised that they have other options instead of the limited benefits with an Oregon Workers' Compensation claim.  In some cases, our clients may have a Third Party Claim or Employer Liability Law claim after a serious on the job injury. We have helped all kinds of injured workers with these claims, and can even give you options if you are having trouble with your employer after an on the job injury in Oregon.  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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