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Unlike other workers' compensation systems, Oregon's is private, meaning that the same insurance company that 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 responsibility 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 sign any 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 to learn where you stand.
Social Security Disability is not a hand out. It's a disability insurance policy the federal government required you to purchase with your earnings throughout your whole career. This insurance benefit is available if you are unable to work full time on a sustained basis. If you are over 50 years old, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits even if you can perform limited types of work. We are here to explain and help you with this complex system.