And, if there is any doubt, you should.
In Oregon, workers' compensation is private. This means that your initial claim is filed within insurance company, and that insurance company decides whether it will pay benefits or not. If the insurance company decides to deny your claim, you can appeal the denial.
In order to appeal a denied claim, you must file a request for hearing within sixty days of the date on the denial letter. If you do not file your request for hearing within this time, you lose any right to appeal the denied claim.
After you file the request for hearing, the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board assigns and Administrative Law Judge to the case, and schedules a hearing. At the hearing, you can submit exhibits and call witnesses.
There are many different kinds of denials, and this article explores that topic.
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