Take Action After A Workplace Injury

If you have been hurt in an accident while on the job, you will likely face large medical expenses and lose income during the time you are unable to return to work. Workers' compensation is designed to help you cope with these costs, but the system can be difficult for an injured worker to navigate.

Get the help you need and the benefits you deserve.

I am attorney Michael J. Orlando, and my law practice, Accurate Work Comp, PC, helps people in the Portland metropolitan area recover the benefits they need and deserve after a workplace injury. To learn more about Oregon's workers' compensation system, see this page. The following are some important steps to take after a work injury:

Get Medical Attention

The first priority after an injury is to get medical attention immediately. Health and safety are the most important considerations after any workplace accident.

Document Your Injury

As soon as you are able to do so, report your injury to your supervisor. This is important because your employer needs to know about any dangerous conditions in the workplace, and also because you will need to show documentation of your accident in order to claim benefits. Your employer may give you specific instructions, including telling you what doctors to see. Keep copies of all your emails or paperwork. You may need them later in the process.

File A Claim

Your employer should be able to provide you with the paperwork you need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need temporary or permanent disability benefits. You may also be able to claim benefits for lost wages.

Consider Legal Help

In an ideal world, all workers could easily file claims by themselves and receive the benefits they need quickly. Unfortunately, filing a claim is often complicated. Your employer's insurance company may try to deny your claim, or try to get you to settle for less than you deserve.

At any point in the process, it can be a good idea to consult with a workers' compensation lawyer. Accurate Work Comp, PC, helps people with filing for initial claims and, when necessary, arguing at hearings and appeals.

Call my Beaverton, Oregon, office at 503-828-3502 or send me an email to get started.