SALEM, Ore.—For the purpose of determining workers compensation benefits, a claimant’s “regular work” includes overtime, Oregon’s Court of Appeals ruled has ruled. The case of Compensation of Judy A. Cole vs. Thrifty Payless Inc. dba Rite Aid Corp. addresses the claim of a warehouse worker who suffered a back injury. http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20111216/NEWS08/111219917?tags=%7C63%7C309%7C70%7C75%7C258%7C304%7C92
A map of the area gives us the big picture and helps us to understand where we are. Likewise, an overview showing how a Workers’ Compensation claim unfolds in Oregon may be helpful to doctors – who play a very critical role in certain stages of the claim. First, the work event occurs. This may … Read more
This Journal has looked at a number of issues and terms of art used to consider medical evidence in Workers’ Compensation claims. This article is a quick review of some of these concepts, with references to past issues which discuss these matters in more detail. Medical evidence is critical in deciding these issues: Diagnosis … Read more
If you are treating a patient with a work injury, it is important to establish yourself as the “attending physician.” This is important to get paid for your services, as well as to proper processing of your patient’s Workers’ Compensation claim. The “attending physician” is the doctor or physician who is primarily responsible for the … Read more
A Medford physician asks, when does my patient need an attorney for Workers’ Compensation and motor vehicle accident injuries? Not every injured worker needs legal counsel. However, after Senate Bill 369 (1995), the cards are highly stacked against injured workers. An unsophisticated injured worker may delay filing a claim – out of fear of losing … Read more
Our client was injured on the job. Review some of the correspondence which led to our client receiving a $500,000 settlement.