In the Oregon Workers' Compensation system, an insurance company must classify accepted claims is either "disabling," or "non-disabling." A "disabling" claim is a claim that results in lost time from work or is expected to cause a permanent impairment.
This distinction is important, because only disabling claims resulting in a Notice of Closure, and possible entitlement to permanent partial disability benefits. If your claim is classified as a non-disabling claim, even if you have some permanent impairment, if that classification wasn't changed, you will never receive permanent partial disability benefits.
If you have a recently accepted claim, and are curious as to whether not the insurance company accepted everything and did in the right way, call us at 503-325-8600. We work on these issues every day, and cannot BE better understand your rights.