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Although we handle a variety of cases, our focus is helping people in Oregon and Washington with disability and injury claims.
You may have visited a few personal injury attorney web sites that tell how aggressive, caring, and experienced the attorneys are. That's great, but this site is different. We realize you have questions, including whether you need an attorney to help on your case.
- Whether you need an attorney in the first place
- How to find an attorney
- How to deal with all the insurance adjuster calls and letters
- What time limits you can ignore, and which ones you cannot.
We even offer a free consumer guide that answers your most pressing questions, and helps you avoid critical mistakes in handling your claim.
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.
We are sorry that you are here, looking at whether a wrongful death claim is an option. This means you are dealing with a tragedy.
In Oregon, when a loved one dies from the carelessness of another, beneficiaries (usually surviving family members) may be entitled to compensation. Each state has different laws on how claims are made, and the kinds of compensation you can claim.
Oregon has a wrongful death statute that sets out the kinds of losses loved ones can claim, which includes the following:
1. Medical expenses for doctor, hospital, nursing, and other medical expenses, as well as burial and Memorial services;
2. Compensation for disability, pain, suffering and loss of income from the time of the injury to the deceased family member up until the time of the family member's death
3. Compensation for the "pecuniary" loss to the estate. This refers to the financial contribution the family member would have made during his or her lifetime
4. Compensation to the surviving spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents and parents for the "loss of services," loss of society, companionship
5. If appropriate, punitive damages that the deceased family member would have been able to claim from the careless or negligent party had the family member survived the incident.
Contact a Oregon Wrongful Death Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you have lost a family member due to someone else's carelessness, we can answer your questions, and help you determine whether you have a case. Call 1-888-306-6910, or send us a confidential message by completing a contact form.
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 of 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.
- 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.