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We Really Only Do One Thing

We handle different kinds of cases, but really, we only do one thing; help injured and disabled people in Western Washington and Oregon.


Truck and Car CollisionsTruck 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 ClaimsWrongful 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 CompensationOregon 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 ClaimsOregon 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 DisabilitySocial 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 FallSlip 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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